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Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:01 pm

I received an e-mail the other day that had some shots of the interior of a plane. It said they were of the Sultan of Brunei's A340, but I have no way to confirm this. I figure I'd show them to y'all anyways because this is an incredible interior, plus maybe one of you can confirm that this really is the Sultan of Brunei's plane.

1) One of the lounges in the plane:
http://img76.echo.cx/img76/965/lounge4ur.jpg

2) One of the desks in the plane:
http://img76.echo.cx/img76/7205/desk2wg.jpg

3) Some of the communications aboard:


4) One of the bedrooms:
http://img76.echo.cx/img76/5169/bedroom5ff.jpg

5) Another bedroom:
http://img76.echo.cx/img76/343/bedroom24uw.jpg

6) The bathroom:


7) A look down the hall:


This has to be nicer than Air Force One...  Smile

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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:15 pm

That is the Sultan's A340! That's so sweet!

I have done extensive searches on the net for custom a/c interiors and this is in the top 3 for sure. There is one on that Lufthansa Technik did (747 I believe) that may top it. Not as much gold but classy.

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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:16 pm

Looks like some luxury Vegas suite from 1984...

Mirrors on the bedroom ceiling??
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:38 pm

Whats with the Mirrors everywhere.
Looks great the Interiors......And the colour scheme too.
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:47 pm

eeew............tacky. reminds me of the interior of one of those huge American holiday cruise ships for retirees.

Would you like an 80's porn star with that awful gold chrome and faux wood panelled bedroom??
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:48 pm

Quoting TWFirst (Reply 2):
Mirrors on the bedroom ceiling??

Definetly a nice thing to have over the bed... if you know what i mean  Smile
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 2:50 pm

impressively tasteless!










but thrére is no point in discussing taste...., r.
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 3:33 pm

I highly doubt if that's gold chrome. At least the sink could be real gold. I know a particular Saudi Prince who's 727 he parked in LAS quite a bit was real gold.
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 8:40 pm

It's interesting to see, and highlights how different aesthetic tastes different cultures have.
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Sun Jun 19, 2005 8:49 pm

Pretty nice... but its just another case of "mine's bigger than your's"... he really doesn't need that, does he. haha...
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 1:55 am

Quoting Braniff Place (Reply 4):
huge American holiday cruise ships

Carnival cruise lines - tackiest thing on the water. Popular with college kids too because it's so cheap.

Quoting Joni (Reply 8):
It's interesting to see, and highlights how different aesthetic tastes different cultures have.

Very true. I live in an area of Los Angeles populated by many Persian and many Russian immigrants with a good amount of money. If you aren't Persian or Russian and you are looking for a house, you can tell which houses were decorated by which nationalities. Just a different cultural aesthetic. Marble and gold are very big.

The pics also show the interior drawbacks of the A340 for personal jets. Those side walls slope dramatically compared to a 777 or 747.
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 2:15 am

Nouveau riche.

Or: taste is a matter of luck. Even if the Sultan has tons of money, in that respect he is damn´ unlucky.

The fresher the money and the lower your education, the more gold you need to hide it. And Gold can look really cheap. Thanks for showing an example. There are worse around, though.
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 2:47 am

NA,

I don't think the Sultan of Brunei is "nouveau riche". Arab aesthetics puts more weight on decoration than Western people can often appreciate.

Even in Western culture you can see that e.g. Russians and Americans often prefer more decorative solutions than Europeans, and the Japanese are most minimalist. Even inside Europe, traditionally at least the Catholic nations go for more intricate and detailed decoration and we Scandinavians like to build white walls and plain wood surfaces.

Nowadays, however, things are getting more mixed.
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 2:48 am

"Looks like some luxury Vegas suite from 1984... "

Arab "royalty" and pro sports players (especially NBA) are not known for their tasteful interior decorating choices.
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:14 am

As has been said, yech... For good taste you can always look at a BA or SK lounge. Understated is the way to go.
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:25 am

I'm sure it's all really expensive, but also really tacky. Sort of a "Pimp My Ride" does an Airbus widebody deal. Hideous.
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:36 am

Is really really bad taste. the idea is good, but all that gold is really too much kitsch. How's the plane going to takeoff with all that weight? Big grin Naah I love the 340 but he could've ha better taste!!

Oh how I'd love to make one for myself! But as said, it's all a question of tastes!
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:42 am

Right, that's my birthday present sorted...........
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:49 am

If money could choose its owner, it would never choose the Sultan of Brunei. This particular aircraft has one of the most horrible and tasteless interiors I have ever seen.
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:03 am

Yes, I got this email before too, it reminds me very much of the SV Royal MD-11 jet that I have been onboard, its pretty much identical in the interior, except less pastel colors and of course an MD-11 is cooler than the A340.
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:14 am

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 13):
"Looks like some luxury Vegas suite from 1984... "

Arab "royalty" and pro sports players (especially NBA) are not known for their tasteful interior decorating choices.

and The Donald...... I've seen pictures of the Trump mansion in Palm Beach, just horrible interior decoration. Somebody should tell these guys what happened to Louis XIV......
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:17 am

Don't you just love the mirror on the ceiling above the bed!!!! ha ha ha!!!

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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:20 am

Doubt its real gold imagine how much all that would weigh, would put the ZFW up a bit.  Wink
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:23 am

Quoting Dagell (Reply 21):
Don't you just love the mirror on the ceiling above the bed!!!! ha ha ha!!!

Sick

Well sure, I guess nobody expected the Sultan to be a missionary....

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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:30 am

Speaking of The Donald (I can't stand that guy), his 727 is worse than this aircraft. Too much gold! It's sad that he ruined such a classic trijet.
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:41 am

Quoting Gmidy (Reply 22):
Doubt its real gold imagine how much all that would weigh, would put the ZFW up a bit

With only a few passengers, few bags and no freight, I don't think the ZFW ever comes into any equation.
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 4:55 am

Quoting WorldXplorer (Reply 1):
I have done extensive searches on the net for custom a/c interiors and this is in the top 3 for sure. There is one on that Lufthansa Technik did (747 I believe) that may top it. Not as much gold but classy

Can you provide me any links? Can't find something about that and I'm quite curious about any other custom interiors.

It's extremely decadent, but it's just too *blingbling*. Somewhat comparable to the f-class from EK; very luxurious and probably one of the best f-classes from any airlines, but all that gold is just too much in my opinion. I'd rather prefer the more modern abstract look from Virgin with all that red and silver.
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 5:30 am

Quoting Ardian (Reply 26):
Can you provide me any links? Can't find something about that and I'm quite curious about any other custom interiors.

Sure

Here are a few selected pics from the site:




Here is the link to Lufthansa-Technik site

Other completion centers:
Associated Air Center
DeCrane Aircraft
Greenpoint Technologies
Jet Aviation

There are several pics to browse through in these websites. Some pretty cool stuff in there. I hope this helps.

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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 5:45 am

As far as tasteless goes, weren't the Sultan of Brunei and his brother accused of luring beauty queens to the sultanate and essentially holding them captive? Oh, and Penthouse Pets too, i believe.

I remember seeing a story about this on one of the primetime TV shows (i'm thinking 20/20 on ABC in the US).

But yes, mirrors on the ceiling denote a certain lack of taste. Maybe there's a heart-shaped tub behind closed doors that would complete the look....
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 5:48 am

cant see the pics!!!  crying 
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 5:54 am

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 29):
cant see the pics!!!

That happened to me too. It just says that the pictures take up to much bandwidth to be shown on my screen... Is this happening to anyone else?
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 6:04 am

I have the pics on my HD, if someone wants a copy, let me know and I will email them to you. Just contact me via email.

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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 6:24 am

For those of you who didn't get the chance to see the pics, here are some clickable links to the full-size pics:

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On a side note, the e-mail said the sink is pure gold...

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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 6:33 am

So when you're in bed, how do you secure yourself against turbulence?
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 6:47 am

Thankyou for your help, WorldXplorer!

Well I gotta say that the blue couch in the bedroom doesnt fit into the rest of the colors, and it is kinda tasteless... some of it looks nice, but in general I think it is too much
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 6:49 am

Quoting Trident2e (Reply 33):
So when you're in bed, how do you secure yourself against turbulence?

I've seen beds with belts.
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:09 am

I assume the beds and seats are bolted down onto the floor beams, otherwise wouldn't they be bouncing against the cabin walls during heavy turbulence?
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:23 am

WorldXplorer, thanks for the photo's!
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 7:41 am

Quoting Ardian (Reply 37):
WorldXplorer, thanks for the photo's!

No problem. I have a bunch more if interested (737's, 757's, 767's, etc.) They range from tasteful to tacky - Let me know...

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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 9:59 am

He is a Sultan and has his own Harem, so therefore tacky

But Id rather have an L-1011-500 or a A340-500,

If I sure had the money, Id soup up a 767-400ER luxury jet.

But I still feel the need to add a standard cabin section in it to show the
real tradition of flying, perhaps Id put normal cabin up front and then a bulkhead and door to enter the house in the aft.
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 10:12 am

I'd take it, tacky and all.
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 11:07 am

To quote Paris Hilton...."That's Hot!"

It's almost trashy, but still something money about it. I'd take it over my 2002 Honda Civic to go to work everyday.
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:08 pm

Where are the automatic butt wipers? Big grin
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:41 pm

I would give anything to have a bed that could have turbulance unless im eating in it Big grin

Honestly that is one kick ass interior. I want that plane so bad!  hyper 

Btw any word on the golden loo?
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:46 pm

Any pics of the cockpit?

Solid gold yoke maybe?
 
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:46 pm

Well for anyone wondering why the carpets all have ugly and ornate custom patterns in them that fit the exact space they are in, this is rich people's way of saying: "look at my ugly carpet pattern, it exactly fits my jet. you know it's custom made for me because of that. no off the rack patterned carpet for me. now kiss my butt."
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RE: Interior Pictures: Sultan Of Brunei's A340?

Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:48 pm

Actually the hallway carpet is kinda cool. Plus you dont need good carpeting in you own damn plane to tell people how rich you are Big grin
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