Billionaire prince buys world's largest private jet

2013-01-22 09:03
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Thought a fast, flat, red car was the ultimate rich man's ride? Think again! Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal-al Saud has just acquired the world's largest private jet - an Airbus A380.

Green Prophet reports that the same types of aircraft are used commercially by Emirates airlines to ferry 800 passengers in a single flight and can fly 12874.8 kilometres without refueling.

However, the plush luxury of showers and flat bed seats synonymous with the Emirates first class experience, is expected to pale in comparison to what the prince has in mind for his private plane.

His R3-billion acquisition will ultimately hold 20 state rooms and a marble-lined spa including a Turkish bath.
The floor and walls of a "well-being room" act as giant movie screen, displaying views of earth's surface as the plane flies over. Here passengers can stand on a "magic carpet" and watch their journey progress, scented breezes blowing into the room.

There's a state-of-the-art concert hall too.

On landing, the royal's guests will experience what interior designer Design Q calls an "Oscar" moment: a special lift descends from the belly of the plane onto an automatically unfurling red carpet.

But it's not all pleasure palace: there's a business center and board room and a dedicated prayer room where "virtual" (computer-generated and GPS-based) prayer mats rotate continually for an accurate pointing to Mecca.

Design Q told the Daily Mail that the aircraft is, "not only the most luxurious aircraft in existence, but also reflects the cultural values and status of its owner."

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