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Private A380?! Globe Article Describes  
User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6846 times:

This was on the Globe website May 2nd. I t was an article that talked about customized interiors for private jets.....

"The company's latest project is a customized version of the Airbus A380, the largest commercial aircraft in the world. Most airlines that have ordered the new plane are expected to configure the plane to carry about 500 passengers, but one Doret is working on is being fitted with three galleys, a master bedroom, master bathroom with a Jacuzzi and shower, two dining areas, and spiral staircases. The kicker: a fabricated desert oasis, complete with floor pillows, low tables and a mosaic of the Sahara on the walls.

Keith Reed can be reached at reed@globe.com.

© Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company."

Wow! who ordered that A380? I had no idea someone had already ordered one as a PJ. How inconvenient would that be. Only the biggest airports can handle it too. Can anyone confirm if this is true?

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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21456 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6825 times:

A Sultan or King from the Middle East or Near East, no doubt.

Benefit is that when he flies somewhere, he has his own private hotel! Wonder if they can add a ramp and keep a bulletproof Maybach in the hold...



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlineFCKC From France, joined Nov 2004, 2348 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6652 times:

Quoting one article of the last Flight Int'l issue.

< Airbus Corporate Jetliner vice-president Richard Gaona says one sale of the A380VIP version is likely this year >

Who can it be ?

Saudi Arabia ? Oman ? Bahrein ? Qatar ? Jordan ?


User currently offlinePixuk From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6603 times:

Quoting Petazulu (Thread starter):
How inconvenient would that be. Only the biggest airports can handle it too.

Not as big a problem for a private jet, which is unlikely to need the facilities of the terminal. An A380VIP would likely park at a remote stand. It will still be a problem for those airports with dimensional restrictions, however, but I guess the A380VIP isn't probably to have much reason to be at those sort of airports anyway.


User currently offlineFlyfirst From Chile, joined Nov 2004, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6590 times:

The plane is for the Sultan of Brunei, he now owns a 744 and will go for the A380.

User currently offlineAgill From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 1006 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6567 times:

Quoting Flyfirst (Reply 4):
The plane is for the Sultan of Brunei, he now owns a 744 and will go for the A380.

Well I can understand that, a 747 can be a bit cramped.


User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6374 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6518 times:

Not everybody travel as lightweight as we used to do. In 1997 one president visited the Danish Queen and government for about 20 hours and produced a 15 minutes speech on a square downtown Copenhagen city.

He arrived on two Boeing C-25A and three Lockheed C-5 Galaxy.

He was back here a few days ago, but then he wasn't president any longer, and he traveled on a commercial plane.

His successor as president will visit Copenhagen on 6th July this year, and he will bring his wife along. Wonder if that will make it four C-25's and six C-5's?

At least I can answer the C-25 question because so many C-25's do not exist on this planet.

Instead of four C-25's their successors might travel on only three A380's instead. Why not? But the six C-5's cannot be replaced that easily because the A380F does not provide the nose cargo door.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineGilligan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6488 times:

Quoting Petazulu (Thread starter):
Wow! who ordered that A380? I had no idea someone had already ordered one as a PJ. How inconvenient would that be. Only the biggest airports can handle it too. Can anyone confirm if this is true?

Perhaps a bombay door opens and out drops his GV with specially made folding wings to land at the smaller airports!  Wink


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6473 times:

Ok, I can understand aircraft size as a very visible DSW among people with gobs of money, but isn't the A380 a touch large, as in-thinking about practicality for just one moment-a bit difficult to bring to some airports?

If it were my money, I'd rather have a 744 and a 737 for versatility with (I imagine) a little room to spare money wise... Then again I beleive most of these people already have their mini-fleet

Lincoln



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User currently offlineJohnStevens From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 43 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6468 times:

If I'm honest I'd say if I had his money I'd buy one. You know what they say, "if you've got, flaunt it" he's got it and boy he sure is flaunting.

I wonder how much it costs?


User currently offlineFlyfirst From Chile, joined Nov 2004, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6443 times:

Here is the 744.
http://www.airliners.net/open.file/822970/M/


User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6374 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6430 times:

£125 million.

But since it normally comes with 555 seats he can probably sell the 554 seats on ebay.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16975 posts, RR: 67
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6402 times:

Quoting Prebennorholm (Reply 12):
�125 million.

But since it normally comes with 555 seats he can probably sell the 554 seats on ebay.

LOL. Or just post the sale here...  Wink



"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineComeAndGo From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1019 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6395 times:

Quoting Prebennorholm (Reply 7):
Instead of four C-25's their successors might travel on only three A380's instead. Why not? But the six C-5's cannot be replaced that easily because the A380F does not provide the nose cargo door.

The C-5 carry the vehicles needed for protection! There's a need for multiple identical armored vehicles so that the would be killer wouldn't know at which car to shoot. Big deal the country can afford it. If you consider that after the invasion of Kuwait the US flew one tank at a time in a C-5 from the US to Saudi Arabia. They had to be refuel multiple times and had to to stop everywhere on the way including the UK + Germany + Italy + etc


User currently offlineKdeg00 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6367 times:

Quoting ComeAndGo (Reply 14):
The C-5 carry the vehicles needed for protection! There's a need for multiple identical armored vehicles so that the would be killer wouldn't know at which car to shoot. Big deal the country can afford it. If you consider that after the invasion of Kuwait the US flew one tank at a time in a C-5 from the US to Saudi Arabia. They had to be refuel multiple times and had to to stop everywhere on the way including the UK + Germany + Italy + etc

Relax, he was making a joke. Besides, presidents and prime ministers of many other countries seem to be able to travel with smaller armadas.


User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6323 times:

To be honest I think a private 380 is a needless waste. Really, what the hell does that Sultan guy need it for. I remember seeing an article around 1999 that stated his private fleet was no less than four A340s (inc the worlds only A340-9000), a 744, a 747SP, an A310 and a 767. Thats just ridiculous! Think of all the lives in the 3rd world that that money could save. What will he get next? TU-144 maybe....

[Edited 2005-05-27 02:20:52]

User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6306 times:

I can see Microsoft doing something with it. Maybe somekind of portable "museum" or something they can fly all over and show off how computer chips are made or something like that.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6300 times:

AW&ST mentioned this in the latest issue, and said demand for VIP/executive A380's is estimated between 10-15 aircraft total, and that Lufthansa Technik has been selected to work on the A380 VIP project... also showed a floor plan for an A380 upper deck in VIP configuration...I can't scan it, but I'll describe it as best as I can from front to back

-Stairs
-Couch and coffee table on starboard side
-Semicircular Dining Booth on starboard side
-Bar on port side
-Galley on starboard side
-Stateroom on port side w/bed, private lav, and two chairs and a table
-Stateroom on starboard side w/bed, private lav, and two chairs and a table
-Meeting area w/ couch, conference table and two chairs
-Master Stateroom, full width of the aircraft, bed and couch
-Exercise Room on port side with stationary bike, treadmill, and one other piece of equipment I can't quite make out
-Lastly, all the way aft, a seating section of 37 seats in a mostly 2-4-2 config, 2 lavs, and spiral stairs...
-There's also one other room in there, about 1/4 of the way forward from the back, starboard side my guess is that its some sort of crew rest, but I can't quite make out the objects pictured...
-Connecting the rooms in the first half of the deck is a wavy shaped hallway...
Remember, this is the upper deck only!...can't imagine what a lower-and-upper deck combined VIP A380 would be like...

Greg



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User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6292 times:

What not make her a tri-decker? Could it be done?

User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6206 times:

Always have to have the biggest and the best I guess, it's a dangerous disease

User currently offlineCruiser From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1001 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6184 times:

Quoting EI321 (Reply 16):
(inc the worlds only A340-9000)

Any details on this plane?



Leahy on Per Seat Costs: "Have you seen the B-2 fly-by at almost US$1bn a copy? It has only 2 seats!"
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13004 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6133 times:

Meanwhile, a billion people are ill-nourished, no health care, minimal or no regular shelter. If this is a toy for some middle eastern royal family member, then why don't they instead give the money to poor of the region, like those hurt by the Tusuami of 12/26/04, or maybe make a better life for some so they don't go bashing the Western world for their poverty.
Don't forget that the guy that got assinated in Lebanon earlier this year had the only private/vip 777.


User currently offlineSingaporegirl From Singapore, joined Oct 2000, 302 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6077 times:

Quoting B744F (Reply 20):
Always have to have the biggest and the best I guess, it's a dangerous disease

i believe some people have similar mentality. maybe not to the extreme of having a private a380s... i know quite a few people that must have the latest computers, cell phones, louis vuitton purse, largest suv, fastest sports cars, etc. in the end, i think when people spend money on luxury items, be it a purse, a grand holiday or an aeroplane, it's good for the economy in the end.

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 22):
Meanwhile, a billion people are ill-nourished, no health care, minimal or no regular shelter. If this is a toy for some middle eastern royal family member, then why don't they instead give the money to poor of the region, like those hurt by the Tusuami of 12/26/04, or maybe make a better life for some so they don't go bashing the Western world for their poverty.

you have to realize that not only the middle eastern people are spending this kind of money to buy luxury goods. did you know that govenor arnold schwarzenegger owns a private b744? and how about john travolta owning a fleet of aeroplanes? jay leno with his exotic car collection. i just flew into lax the other day and saw teen age kids driving around in sl500... the list goes on and on... should we tell these people to do those noble things that you've mentioned above? if i'm not mistaken there are millions and millions of americans with no health insurance, no?

my   

[Edited 2005-05-27 05:05:34]


Ladies & Gentlemen, we will now demonstrate the use of the safety equipment on this aircraft...
User currently offlineNorCal From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2459 posts, RR: 5
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6040 times:

Quoting Singaporegirl (Reply 23):
did you know that govenor arnold schwarzenegger owns a private b744?

Ahnuld has a private 744? That is news to me. I thought he would be the kind of guy to fly a B-52


User currently offlineSingaporegirl From Singapore, joined Oct 2000, 302 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6045 times:

Quoting NorCal (Reply 24):
Ahnuld has a private 744? That is news to me. I thought he would be the kind of guy to fly a B-52

yes, he bought one from singapore airlines a few years back.



Ladies & Gentlemen, we will now demonstrate the use of the safety equipment on this aircraft...
25 Meerkat : Brunei's now in the middle-east? I must have missed that geography lesson then...
26 Ikramerica : Ahnold does not own a "private" 744 in the wasteful way you describe. He, like a few other Hollywood types, owns a 747 as part of a private charter/le
27 ComeAndGo : That's right. One's for the Sultan himself The second is for his women The third is for the cars And the fourth is the shopping bag. Bottom's for Him
28 Airbus A380 : Sorry to go off-topic but just can't resist... Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam has more than one wife? I need proof please.
29 Post contains images KL911 : Maybe it has a 747 in the hold to use to fly to smaller airports...
30 Starlionblue : What's the big deal? If he has the money, let him buy it. Let's not forget that he is creating jobs for quite a few people maintaining and building a
31 Post contains images Moose1226 : That gives new meaning to the term 'Aircraft Carrier'
32 FCKC : Flyfirst State your source (s) , asking the first VIP A380 will be for the Sultan of Brunei.Thanks.
33 Flyfirst : He was here in Chile for the APEC meeting and he told reporters that he will change the 744 for the A380. It was a huge thing here to have the Sultan
34 Gary2880 : whys it only bad when forign people can afford great things, looks like 90% of people that can afford these great things are forign.... looks like je
35 Aerofan : What I read was that Airbus is playing with the idea of creating one should someone want one. I think they are making these smoke and mirror comments
36 FRAspotter : What about the UAE?
37 WhiteHatter : There's also a private Antonov 124 flying in the Emirates. Some private jet!
38 Arrow : On a global scale, this is peanuts. How much money do North Americans and Europeans spend on dog food? How much do they spend on cosmetic surgery? Lo
39 Post contains images Oldeuropean : Camels in Brunei? You mean Orang Utans. Yes, I fully agree. Or some nations waste billions for their defense budget. Axel
40 EI321 : Its not the actual amount of money that I care about, its the princepal of what he is (aparently) doing here. To look at your post: Lottery tickets -
41 Post contains images KennyK : Chancellor Gordon Brown was recently reported as considering new aircraft for the Queens Flight. So maybe its bye bye 146 hello A380!!! After all, wit
42 Arrow : That's not the point. He doesn't need them, he wants them, and he can afford them. I don't like conspicuous consumption either; the world would be a
43 Post contains images Starlionblue : Now you're foisting your view of morality on him. Question away. But who should tell him it's a bad idea? He's free to do whatever he likes. If his c
44 B744F : What you're describing is a fantasy. Trickle down economics does not work. And giving money to the poor will help better their lives and make more co
45 Starlionblue : Eh? Then why is it that that the USA, with relatively low taxes for the rich has the highest per capita income in the world. Sweden, with extremely h
46 LPLAspotter : Probably more than that. I remember in 1972 when president Nixon came to the Azores to have a summit with the President Pompidou of France. He not on
47 ComeAndGo : Nope you got it wrong. There's interest for ten vip a380. Lufthansa Technik will do the conversions.
48 EI321 : Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 46): ''No, it will make them into dependents of the state. In Sweden, many people live on handouts instead of getting a jo
49 Starlionblue : Agreed. What amazes me is that many disasters such as famine and drought are eminently predictable (Tsunamis and such are of course not). So why not
50 Wukka : (disclaimer: the following refers primarily to U.S. politics and U.S. living conditions and is not applicable to the whole face of the planet, in gen
51 FCKC : WhiteHatter The An124 in the Emirates is not a private jet , but belongs to the UAEAF.
52 Joni : ("tricle-down economics") It's true that the US has very high per-capita GNP (Only Luxembourg, I think, has higher) but the problem in the US is that
53 Post contains images Starlionblue : Have you been to other countries The US is way "behind" when it comes to handouts to people too lazy to do anything... I have never been to Greenland
54 Monteycarlos : Actually, in all likelihood it will be. Some private jets (larger ones) use the cargo area on the lower level as a level in itself. Probably won't be
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