Saudi prince buys his ‘flying palace’for $485 million

Saudi billionaire Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal will be taking delivery of the world’s first customised A380 superjumbo, dubbed “the flying palace” for its luxury.

The grandson of former Lebanese PM Riad el Solh, who is #29 on Forbes Billionaires list has reportedly paid $485 million for the world’s biggest private jet .

The A380 jumbo is believed to include four-poster beds, a Turkish bath, storage space for a Rolls-Royce, a boardroom, a concert hall, five suites with king-size beds, a prayer room featuring “computer generated prayer mats” which face Makkah and an elevator between floors on all three levels.

Airbus Middle East president Habib Fekih confirmed on the sidelines of an aviation conference in Dubai that the aircraft would be delivered to the Saudi billionaire next year. “The A380 is planned for next year, 2013,” he said.

  • three level jet with an elevator!
    press one to face east.
    press 2 to go to bar.
    press 3 to the playboy club.

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      where is the payer room situated? 

      • 5thDrawer

        I think that was the ‘one’ button Mahdi … 😉

  • three level jet with an elevator!
    press one to face east.
    press 2 to go to bar.
    press 3 to the playboy club.

    • Mahdi Kenaani

      where is the payer room situated? 

      • 5thDrawer

        I think that was the ‘one’ button Mahdi … 😉

  • Ramez

    What for? Why not fly with standard levels of flight luxury and enjoy all of these extras on a yacht or a land-based palace? Is his schedule so tight that he cannot watch a concert or have a Turkish bath except during flight? $485 million doesn’t even beging to scratch the surface of the operating costs that this jumbo jet’s owner will incur. With so many Syrian refugees in need of assistance, this is a disgrace.

  • What for? Why not fly with standard levels of flight luxury and enjoy all of these extras on a yacht or a land-based palace? Is his schedule so tight that he cannot watch a concert or have a Turkish bath except during flight? $485 million doesn’t even beging to scratch the surface of the operating costs that this jumbo jet’s owner will incur. With so many Syrian refugees in need of assistance, this is a disgrace.

  • Persistent

    How about feeding over 2 million Saudis living in poverty, although the Saudi goverment will deny this problem exists, invest in businesses to fight the high unemployment in the region, lab and research centers, innovation, health care, education which is the shinning light to any prosperous society and create institutions to promote coexistance to eradicate the most dangerous disease of all “sectarianism”?

  • Persistent

    How about feeding over 2 million Saudis living in poverty, although the Saudi goverment will deny this problem exists, invest in businesses to fight the high employment in the region, lab and research centers, education and innovation, health care and promote coexistance to eradicate the most dangerous disease of all “sectarianism”?

  • Prophettttt

    Five suites!!! One for each wife,and the fifth is for his mistress of the day  .lol.

    ONE way of justifying this kind of luxury spending is by claiming that He is creating jobs.Kind of saying ;give me more,I’ll spend more and it will trickle down to all of you.

  • Prophettttt

    Five suites!!! One for each wife,and the filth is for his mistress of the day  .lol.

    ONE way of justifying this kind of luxury spending is by claiming that He is creating jobs.Kind of saying ;give me more,I’ll spend more and it will trickle down to all you.

  • Ghassan Karam

    I am not a fan of excessive consumption at any level but paradoxically I find that I also disagree to some extent with each of the comments. The A380 is less than half as expensive as the ultra luxury yachts that go in some cases for over $1 billion. The same goes for operating costs. You cannot favour a yacht and oppose an A380 on the basis of either cost or operating expenditures.
    Why is it that most of us are so generous with other peoples assets? Would a one time gift of a few hundred dollars per refugee make much difference in the long run ? If it doesnot and I think that it will not then that would be a waste of resources that would not help anyone.
    Yes the money should have been spent on a more productive endeavour but not given away just to make a person feel good for a short period of time. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.

    • Prophettttt

      Ghassan, We deserve ,once in a while, a story that would allow us to be cynical,and not too serious in our comments.Politics and depressing News have taken a toll on us lately.

    • Ramez

      Ghassan, the recurring operating costs of this A380 are enourmous. Ther eis no doubt about that. These funds, ongoing in nature, can better be used, not to give each refugee a few hundred dollars but to pay for better mobile housing in refugee camps (something more wind-resistant than a canvas tent), medical care in those refugee camps, training/reintegration programs for present and future, as well as reconstruction of these people’s homes if and when they ever return to their home towns.

      And that’s only if the money is used to help Syrian refugees. There are hundreds of other good ways to use this money. For example, pay for a private army to search for a recover the 200 kidnapped girls in Nigeria (it’s too late for that now, as these poor girls have been either murdered or married off to ISIS militants), help the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation build more and better schools in underserved areas (mainly africa), build WC/toilets in remote India villages that have none and where malaria is rampant because of this, implement contingency plans to stop the pollution of one or more rivers in the world (the Ganges comes to mind), build electric power generation plants in Lebanon (solar, wind or traditional thermoelectric), etc. etc.

      The money spent on that A380 (and yes, on any yacht too) is a disgrace.

  • I am not a fan of excessive consumption at any level but paradoxically I find that I also disagree to some extent with each of the comments. The A380 is less than half as expensive as the ultra luxury yachts that go in some cases for over $1 billion. The same goes for operating costs. You cannot favour a yacht and oppose an A380 on the basis of either cost or operating expenditures.
    Why is it that most of us are so generous with other peoples assets? Would a one time gift of a few hundred dollars per refugee make much difference in the long run ? If it doesnot and I think that it will not then that would be a waste of resources that would not help anyone.
    Yes the money should have been spent on a more productive endeavour but not given away just to make a person feel good for a short period of time. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.

    • Prophettttt

      Ghassan, We deserve ,once in a while, a story that would allow us to be cynical,and not too serious in our comments.

  • 5thDrawer

    If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
    Given half a chance, I’d be flying this way too … not worrying about the blood clots forming in the cramped legs jambed into ‘economy’ low-class seating while inhaling the noxious fumes from the fat sweaty ass beside me.
    Although the ‘gold-look’ throne is a little ostentatious and outdated, I think, I’m sure King Tut would have been impressed. 😉

  • 5thDrawer

    If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
    Given half a chance, I’d be flying this way too … not worrying about the blood clots forming in the cramped legs jambed into ‘economy’ low-class seating while inhaling the noxious fumes from the fat sweaty ass beside me.
    Although the ‘gold-look’ throne is a little ostentatious and outdated, I think, I’m sure King Tut would have been impressed. 😉

  • Mahdi Kenaani

    is this a turkish airlines tv commercial?

  • Mahdi Kenaani

    is this a turkish airlines tv commercial?

  • libnan1

    I guess this guy likes to get laid in luxury at high altitude. It is a good experience. 

    • Prophettttt

      How would you know?lol

  • libnan1

    I guess this guy likes to get laid in luxury at high altitude. It is a good experience. 

    • Prophettttt

      How would you know?lol

  • nagy_michael2

    It’s a shame when Germany is sending 6.1 million dollars to the refugees in Lebanon while an arab spends 450 dollars on a plane while people are suffering accross the region. The muslim world seems to blame their problems on the west and while the west are helping the refugges the arabs are enjoying themselves. If it wouldn’t be for the oil I would just dump the arabs alltogether..

  • nagy_michael2

    It’s a shame when Germany is sending 6.1 million dollars to the refugees in Lebanon while an arab spends 450 dollars on a plane while people are suffering accross the region. The muslim world seems to blame their problems on the west and while the west are helping the refugges the arabs are enjoying themselves. If it wouldn’t be for the oil I would just dump the arabs alltogether..

  • al p

    what a freakin geek

  • what a freakin geek