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Saudi Prince to Get $485 Mln ‘Flying Palace’

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Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will soon take delivery of the world’s first customized A380 superjumbo dubbed “the flying palace” for its luxury, Arabian Business reported on Sunday.

DUBAI, December 16 (RIA Novosti) – Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal will soon take delivery of the world’s first customized A380 superjumbo dubbed “the flying palace” for its luxury, Arabian Business reported on Sunday.

Prince Alwaleed, estimated to be worth around $21.3 billion, has reportedly paid $485 million for the world’s biggest private jet expected for delivery next year.

Prince Alwaleed’s A380 jumbo is believed to include four-poster beds, a Turkish bath, storage space for a Rolls-Royce, a boardroom, a concert hall, five suites with king-size beds, a prayer room featuring computer generated prayer mats which face Makkah and a lift between floors on all three levels.

Airbus Middle East President Habib Fekih confirmed on the sidelines of an aviation conference in Dubai the aircraft would be delivered to the Saudi billionaire next year.

“The A380 is planned for next year 2013,” he said, adding it was currently the only A380 luxury business jet on order but he expected interest to grow.

 

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