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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

World's biggest airliner to serve as private jet

"It will be for personal use for him and his entourage," Leahy told AFP on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show.

"I can't tell you who it is but he's not from Europe or the United States."

The buyer is likely to have paid over 300 million dollars (224 million euros) for the standard plane, according to the latest Airbus catalogue prices, but will then have customisation costs estimated at 50-150 million dollars.

Aage Duenhaupt, communications director for Lufthansa Technik, which converts large commercial aircraft into private jets, said most clients for private airliners came from the oil-rich Middle East.

"Buyers are rich individuals or governments and mostly situated in the Middle East," he told AFP.

The aerospace industry has been at pains to stress its environmental credentials at the Paris Air Show this year, which began on Monday, amid growing concern about aircraft pollution.

But campaigners against air travel reacted with anger to news of the order.

"Aviation is now so out of control, we're not only seeing unnecessary binge-flying, it seems we're starting to see 'bling-flying' too," said Joss Garman, from the British anti-pollution group Plane Stupid.

"Buying a superjumbo like this to use as a private jet is like buying a filthy coal-fired power station just to use to charge up your mobile phone."

Gosh, some people just have TOO much money.

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2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

The problem there is more where (s)he intends to fly, as only a small number of airports are fixed up for the A380 due to its size. And i kind of doubt that anybody with that amount of cash available would want to leave/board by using a rope ladder...

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Well, at least he can travel between Frankfurt and New York and Hongkong where the first two flights went. I happend to see the landing in Hongkong by coincidence on the 23th of March this year, that was one impressive sight, especially as I am interested in it!

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

If I'm not mistaken, Melbourne airport will also be able to accommodate this plane. Still, why would you want a plane this size when it severely limits your flying habits, rather than makes it easier to fly? Aside from the fact that it seems like a total waste of money to me and of course the environmental issues it brings along!

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

It's not just a question of airports though - if you have a private jet, you don't want to be forced to have to land at the major terminals of major international airports.

Even in places where they can accomodate the A380 (such as HK), it's not the whole airport, but rather a few landing bays/slots/whatever the heck they are called at certain terminals [for which, obviously, you will be in direct competition with commercial carriers to use].

I'm guessing it's some rich arab who has use of his own airport/terminal he can use easily enough and travels often to a small handful of int'l destinations, such as London/NYC, but even so...

6. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

I think the new owner is Dick Cheney. He's probably tired of hiding in the bunker shredding incriminating documents......a little air time, yeah, that's it. And he can land at any air force base in the world, or be re-fueled in-flight.

Gross excess? Not if you have an absolute need to run an airborne greyhound racing track...........

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting beerman

Gross excess? Not if you have an absolute need to run an airborne greyhound racing track...........

...with luxury box seating on the second level.

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

If you work out the square footage of the lower deck, will it fit a 0.5 mile race track? I'm thinking thoroughbred training facility. Okay, my guess - the buyer is Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai (Sheikh Mo to his friends in Ocala, Florida - you think I'm kidding...)

9. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

If you work out the square footage of the lower deck, will it fit a 0.5 mile race track? I'm thinking thoroughbred training facility. Okay, my guess - the buyer is Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai (Sheikh Mo to his friends in Ocala, Florida - you think I'm kidding...)

Good guess, but if I had to bet, I would say the Sultan of Brunei is the proud new onwer of the A380. He already has several large jets and has an oversized bank account, matched by his ego.

10. Posted by selani (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y

Quoting Gelli:The problem there is more where (s)he intends to fly, as only a small number of airports are fixed up for the A380 due to its size.

If (s)he can pay for the plane, no wonder he can spend a few billions enlarging a few airports around the world to accommodate the plane/ ego.