Earlier this year, Dealbook revealed that billionaire Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud (of dwarf-tossing fame) was spending some $500 million on a fully customised A380 from Airbus, the most expensive private jet ever.Now The Daily Mail has found out some jaw-dropping details about the plane, which the prince ordered more than three years ago.
Remember — the A380 is normally used as a commercial airliner, and can hold 800 passengers. But here’s what Prince Alwaleed has reportedly tricked out the triple-decker jet with instead:
- A parking spot for his Rolls-Royce
- Five suites with king-sized beds and ensuite bathrooms with showers
- First-class “sleepers” for an additional 20 guests
- A steam room for spa treatments and a marble-finished Turkish bath
- A boardroom with holographic displays
- A prayer area “in which computer-generated mats move to point towards Mecca”
- A “concert hall” with a baby grand piano and seating for 10
- A spiral staircase connecting all three floors
The average price for an A380 is $389 million, according to Airbus. But the prince’s plane, with its lavish customisations, is expected to cost upwards of $500 million.
He’s expected to take delivery of the plane in 2013.