"Attention hip hop stars and billionaires: the world's biggest airliner, the 73-metre-long (239-feet) Airbus A380 superjumbo, has been ordered by a mysterious buyer for use as a private jet.
The order sets new heights in the private plane sector, leaving the Learjet, which used to be the ultimate symbol of ostentatious air travel, in second class.
Airbus sales director John Leahy declined to say when or to where the jet would be delivered, but fitting the plane to the specification demanded from the buyer is expected to take more than a year.
"It will be for personal use for him and his entourage," Leahy told AFP on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show.
"I can't tell you who it is but he's not from Europe or the United States."
The buyer is likely to have paid over 300 million dollars (224 million euros) for the standard plane, according to the latest Airbus catalogue prices, but will then have customisation costs estimated at 50-150 million dollars.
Aage Duenhaupt, communications director for Lufthansa Technik, which converts large commercial aircraft into private jets, said most clients for private airliners came from the oil-rich Middle East.
"Buyers are rich individuals or governments and mostly situated in the Middle East," he told AFP."
Old news, I think but given Leahy's "green Quote" I wonder what the Carbon tax/ footprint will be to the owner?