While half his people live in poverty, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud shows off his $485 million converted Airbus A380, which, when completed, will be the world’s largest private jet.
The plane usually seats 600, but lots of room had to be cleared for various perks. Naturally, there’s an on-board garage, so that the prince can be driven right to the threshold of the airplane’s elevator.
After arrival, he can retire to his master suite–one of five with king-size beds, and computer generated prayer mats which always face Mecca, up to 20 extra-guests have to make due in sleepers that are the equivalent of first class.
Not to forget there’s also a concert hall that seats ten and has a baby grand piano; a boardroom with a holographic projector; and a full-size steam room.
But The most entertaining perk is a “Wellbeing Room” which has a floor upon which is projected an enormous image of what the plane is flying over–thus creating a “magic carpet” effect.
Interesting anedcote from a man who used to own a fleet of private jets, which were often rented to Arab Princes. Come what may, at 17:00 hr, the Arabs would lay down their prayer rugs facing Mecca. The pilot with a sense of humour would turn the plane in another direction, claiming that the sun was in their eyes, avoiding air turbulence or whatever & the groveling Arabs would have to adjust the positions of their rugs accordingly with their compasses in the corridor. (h/t Rick W)
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