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Prince buys 'Flying Palace'

Loveday Morris

Published 20/12/2012 | 05:00

HE'S the billionaire who has everything – a private Jumbo Jet, hundreds of cars, a yacht that featured in the Bond film 'Never Say Never Again', and a sizeable stake in News Corporation. Now Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud is about to take delivery of his new toy: an Airbus A380.

The super-jumbos flown by Emirates airlines have room for more than 600 passengers. But the prince will clear out most of the seats and install a luxury Turkish spa, a concert hall and space to park his Rolls-Royce. Finishing touches in the Turkish spa will include marble walls, while the prayer area will feature computer-generated mats which always point in the direction of Mecca. What will become the world's largest private jet – dubbed the 'Flying Palace' – will also be its most luxurious.

The richest man in the region will take delivery of the jet in the new year, according to Airbus's Middle East president Habib Fekih. Prince Alwaleed is, so far, the only buyer for one of the personalised luxury airliners, which are estimated to cost £300m (€369m).

An Airbus spokeswoman confirmed the delivery but said "the client has asked us not to say anything else". (© Independent News Service)

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