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Saudi prince to soon own a ‘flying palace’
ANI
London, December 21, 2012
First Published: 23:50 IST(21/12/2012)
Last Updated: 23:51 IST(21/12/2012)

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud is set to be the owner of the world’s biggest private jet.

The billionaire prince is about to take delivery of a customised Airbus A380, which he ordered three years ago, the Daily Mail reported.

The same model is used by Singapore Airlines and Emirates and can fly 800 passengers 8,000 miles before refuelling. But the Saudi prince doesn’t need 800 seats, so he will have them removed to make room for an opulent, marble-finished Turkish bath and a parking space for his Rolls-Royce.

The plane will even boast a dedicated prayer area, in which computer-generated mats move to point to Mecca.

The Western-educated prince has a stable of private jets, including a modified Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321. He is also the proud owner of a 280ft superyacht, 5KR, formerly owned by Donald Trump, which featured in the Bond film, Never Say Never Again.

The new jet, which has already been labelled the Flying Palace, will also boast a dazzling main spiral staircase as well as a lift, which will travel the plane’s three, floors and lower onto the tarmac to act as the prince’s private entrance, a concert hall featuring a grand piano, accoustic panelling and seating for an audience of ten.

It will also have a hamam steam room lined with marble only two millimetres thick to keep the weight down as well as a sensory area for treatments.

A magnificent wellbeing room for guests featuring a giant screen on the floor allowing them to see what they are flying over and a full size boardroom featuring a large perspex table which doubles as a huge touchscreen will also be made inside the plane.


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