NASHVILLE- Taylor Swift has downsized her aircraft collection by selling the Dassault Falcon 900, which she acquired in 2009, amid recent flight tracking incidents.
According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the billionaire musician recently parted ways with the smaller Dassault Falcon 900 private jet, leaving her with just one remaining private jet, a Dassault Falcon 7X.
Taylor Swift Sells Aircraft
The previously owned Dassault Falcon 900, initially registered to SATA LLC (sharing an address with Taylor Swift Productions in Nashville), is now registered to a Missouri-based company.
The terms of this transaction are undisclosed, but a new Dassault Falcon 900 is valued at a staggering USD$44 million (AU$67 million).
Swift’s former Dassault Falcon 900, capable of accommodating 12 passengers, served as her primary mode of air travel until its last flight on January 30. Meanwhile, her Dassault Falcon 7X, with a capacity for 16 passengers, remains operational, as reported by Business Insider.
The decision to sell the Dassault 900 coincides with the growing public awareness of the carbon footprint associated with private jet travel, especially for celebrities.
After a 2022 analysis by Yard, a sustainability-marketing agency, labeled Swift as the “biggest celebrity (carbon dioxide) polluter,” drawing emissions comparisons to an average person by 1,185 times, her travel choices have garnered increased attention from fans and environmentalists. This heightened scrutiny is particularly notable given her recent high-profile concert tour.
Legal Action Against Student
The situation took a new turn when Taylor Swift’s attorneys considered legal action against a Florida student, Jack Sweeney, who tracked her flights using publicly available data and posted them on social media.
Swift’s attorneys allege that Sweeney, who runs the @celebrityjets Instagram account, engaged in behavior they deem “stalking and harassing,” as reported by the Washington Post.
Sweeney, a University of Central Florida junior known for tracking Elon Musk’s jet in 2022, uses publicly available flight information to track private planes owned by celebrities, politicians, and other well-known figures.
He shares takeoff and landing times, along with estimates of carbon emissions. In a statement to the BBC, Sweeney clarified that he enjoys listening to Swift’s music and has no harmful intentions.
Criticism by Environmentalist
Jack Sweeney, a University of Central Florida junior known for tracking Elon Musk’s jet in 2022, uses publicly available flight information to track private planes owned by billionaires, politicians, and other well-known figures.
In response, Sweeney clarified in a statement to the BBC that he enjoys listening to Swift’s music and has no harmful intentions.
While the controversy surrounding Taylor Swift’s jet usage continues, upcoming travel plans related to her personal life have also drawn attention.
After a concert in Tokyo, she is scheduled to fly to Las Vegas to attend Super Bowl LVIII on February 11, where her partner, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, will be playing against the San Francisco 49ers.
Gregory Keoleian, co-director of the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan, estimated that a single trip from Tokyo to Vegas using Swift’s Dassault Falcon 900LX jet could release over 200,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
The environmental impact of celebrities flying in private jets has been a subject of scrutiny, and while it plays a role, fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas remain the primary drivers of global climate change.
Despite their environmental impact, celebrities have the potential to use their influence to raise awareness and advocate for broader changes on global issues.
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