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Elon Musk’s private jet made 134 flights in 2022 – with the shortest trip lasting just 6 minutes

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  • Elon Musk’s private jet made 134 flights in 2022, according to figures compiled by @ElonJet.
  • The jet’s shortest flight was six minutes, which could have been the pilot repositioning the plane.
  • The jet’s operating costs came to $2.6 million and it produced 1,800 tonnes of CO2, per @ElonJet.

Elon Musk’s private jet made 134 flights in 2022, according to the man who runs a Twitter account tracking its movements.

Jack Sweeney, the college student who started tracking the plane in 2020, compiled the figures for the billionaire’s Gulfstream G650ER, whose call sign is N628TS. The data does not show whether Musk was on board, however.

Musk was likely to have used his private jet to fly to Qatar to attend the soccer World Cup final in December, the data showed.

The plane also made trips to Brazil, France, Italy, Greece, Norway, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Its longest flight, recorded on July 18, was from Mykonos, Greece to Austin, Texas. Musk is likely to have been on board as he was pictured in Greece two days earlier. 

The jet’s shortest flight lasted for about six minutes, and the data shows it remained at Long Beach Airport. The movement could have been to reposition the plane. 

According to the statistics, the most frequent destinations included Los Angeles, and Austin and Brownsville in Texas.

In December, Musk threatened to sue Sweeney for posting his location, saying it had put his two-year-old son in danger. Sweeney told Insider he wasn’t concerned by Musk’s threat. 

Sweeney uses bots to scrape and post public flight data that could otherwise be found via aircraft tracking site ADS-B Exchange.

He told Insider that Musk could have avoided the public scrutiny generated by his account if Musk had paid him the $50,000 he’d asked for to shut it down – a small sum compared with the estimated $2.6 million annual bill to operate the jet. “Another $50k for privacy would’ve been nothing,” Sweeney said.

Although Sweeney’s @ElonJet account was permanently banned from Twitter following a change to its doxxing policy, he created another account called @ElonJetNext that posts the same data but has a 24-hour delay. 

The 134 flights produced 1,895 tonnes of CO2, with the operating cost including fuel expenses of just over $1.1 million. 

Musk didn’t respond to a request for comment from Insider. 

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