- Elon Musk’s private jet made 134 flights in 2022, emitting almost 2,000 tons of carbon dioxide and costing over $1 million in fuel expenses.
- The most frequent destinations for the jet were Austin and Brownsville, Texas, and Los Angeles — the shortest flight being 6 minutes long.
- Musk threatened legal action against the student who compiled and tweeted the flight data, claiming it posed a threat to his family’s safety.
In 2022, Elon Musk’s private jet made 134 flights, emitting nearly 1,900 tons of carbon dioxide and costing approximately $1.1 million in fuel expenses, according to data compiled by Florida student Jack Sweeney.
Sweeney, a 20-year-old computer programmer who tracks the movements of aircraft belonging to the wealthy, used publicly available data for Musk’s Gulfstream G650ER jet.
The flights, which occurred over a range of countries including Germany, Brazil, France, the UK, Greece, and Italy, likely also included trips to attend the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
While the data does not indicate whether Musk was on board the plane for every flight, the jet’s most frequent destinations were Austin and Brownsville in Texas, and Los Angeles.
After Sweeney posted details of Musk’s movements, the Tesla CEO threatened legal action and claimed it endangered the safety of one of his children. As a result, Sweeney’s @ElonJet account, which had been tracking Musk’s private jet since June 2020, was suspended by Twitter.
Sweeney later created a new account, @ElonJetNextDay, which posts the same flight tracking data with a 24-hour delay.
These flights, ranging from a short six minutes to a lengthy 12 hours, highlight the vast economic divide between the wealthy elite like Musk and the working class.
This disparity is a clear example of how capitalism allows the wealthy to exploit resources and opportunities that are not available to the majority, who struggle to make ends meet.