Pimp My Airbus A380

Billionaire Saudi prince plans to transform world's largest jet into flying palace
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2007 10:10 AM CST

(Newser) – A billionaire Saudi prince plans to convert one of the world's largest passenger planes into a flying palace. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is the first purchaser of the luxury version of the double-decker Airbus A380, price tag $320 million-plus. And that's before he tricks it out with amenities that may include private bedrooms, dining rooms, conference rooms, a screening room, and a gym with a Jacuzzi, CNN reports from the Dubai Air Show.

Bin Talal, the 13th-wealthiest person in the world and the largest individual shareholder in Citigroup, is already the only private owner of a Boeing 747-400. "It's like buying a new car or a new TV. One wants something bigger and better," said an Airbus spokesman. The company expects to sell at least six more of the luxury versions of the A380, which can otherwise accommodate 853 passengers in 6,000 square feet.