The US DOJ is seizing Roman Abramovich’s Boeing 787, a rare private jet worth $350 million. See inside examples of one of the largest private aircraft in the world.
The US Department of Transportation has been “authorized to seize” two private jets from Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich: a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and a Gulfstream G650ER.
According to an FBI affidavit, Abramovich “owned and/or controlled the Gulfstream and the Boeing through a series of shell companies.”
The seizures are part of Western sanctions and other punishments imposed on ultra-wealthy Russians in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Abramovich’s jets have a combined value of $400 million, though the 787 makes up most of that sum at $350 million, according to court records. The Dreamliner is currently in Dubai, while the G650ER is in Russia.
While many private jets and other luxury vessels have been seized in recent months, Abramovich’s Dreamliner is of particular interest due to its size and rarity.
Boeing has converted a series of airliners into business aircraft, like Tony Robbin’s BBJ 737. However, the wide-body 787 version is not common, as the jet was primarily designed for long-haul commercial flights. Only a handful of private examples exist.
Abramovich’s was bought from PrivatAir after the carrier filed bankruptcy in 2018. It is the world’s most expensive private jet.
There are a few other Dreamliner business planes in existence, including purpose-built ones like HNA Group’s “Dream Jet…”