The NBA great spent $27 million on a Bombardier Challenger 650 after years of renting private jets.
The private plane is white on the outside, but its interior is luxurious with wood accents and cream leather couches.
The jet has been customized by including Shaq’s Dunkman insignia on the tail.
In a 2010 interview, O’Neal expressed doubt that he would ever own his own private plane.
That’s not what I’m hearing. He complained to Jetset magazine about the amount of upkeep required.
If I have an investment in something, I want to keep tabs on it.
I don’t want to be taken advantage of in a terrible agreement. It’s happened to other dudes before, I know.
Even though O’Neal is worth an estimated $400 million, he stated he wasn’t interested in buying a private plane to impress his fellow athletes with his money.
“Yeah, some guys do,” he clarified.
“But I don’t act that way. I’m a regular guy, just like you.
Fans of the seven-foot-one, 340-pound basketball great have voiced concern that the seats in O’Neal’s jet are too small for him to comfortably fly.
Big Shaq, you need a Dreamliner with more legroom, like the Boeing 787-8. One of your fans joked that your plane was too small for you to take off on.
That’s no place for Shaq. Another person chimed in, “Yeah, we need an Airbus A380.
Michael Jordan, another NBA superstar, recently took his own $61 million Gulfstream private jet to Europe.