Photos: inside the private Airbus A380 Flying Palace

Photos: inside the private Airbus A380 Flying Palace

When flying in first class becomes a bore and a regular private jet doesn’t cut the mustard, look no further than a fully-customised Airbus A380 ‘Flying Palace’.

From a private entrance by elevator to bypass the aerobridges and ‘regular’ folk in the airport terminals through to boardrooms, fixed dining tables and en suite private showers, these planes have it all.

In fact, one nearly made its way into the hands of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal in 2013, although the Saudi Arabian royal sold the decked-out jet for reasons unknown before even taking it for a test flight.

But if you can overcome your cold feet, you’ll have not just one, but five private bedrooms to choose from…

… each with a king bed, a relaxation and dining area, and of course, an en suite bathroom and shower.

When you’re ready to emerge, there’s an on-board concert hall with seating for ten passengers…

… while bar stools allow the space to double as a casual meet-up zone with drinks and other refreshments.

For more formal discussions, those ten guests can then meander over to a private meeting room with presentation facilities:

There’s a larger 14-seat dining and meeting zone for bigger parties, with the seats all boasting extendable footrests, massage facilities and adjustable lumbar support.

For a change of venue, there’s a laidback boardroom-style table for meetings or an elegant midnight snack…

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The head of the table, of course, has a direct view of the TV at the opposite end in case the meeting gets a little boring...
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… although if you’re royalty, you’d probably prefer to enjoy the serenity of your in-air throne:

To wind down at the end of a long day, plonk yourself in the sitting room – but even if you’re told to ‘make yourself at home’, don’t rest your feet on that coffee table!

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Of course, the Prince wouldn't have needed to share a seat...
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Ready to buy? All of this can be yours for a cool $500 million… but if that’s too pricey, there’s always The Residence by Etihad – a much more affordable $80,000 return trip from Sydney to London on the A380.

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Chris Chamberlin
Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!
 

13 comments

  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    18 Nov, 2014 03:21 pm

    I can see Gina sitting on that throne.

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  • kovsky

    kovsky

    19 Nov, 2014 01:23 am

    Who's Gina?

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  • kovsky

    kovsky

    19 Nov, 2014 10:39 am

    That was a serious question if anyone would like the answer me?

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  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    19 Nov, 2014 10:58 am

    Gina Rinehart, large, rich woman from WA.

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  • ILIKEPLANES101

    ILIKEPLANES101

    18 Nov, 2014 03:37 pm

    I wonder who he sold it too???

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  • Chris_PER

    Chris_PER

    19 Nov, 2014 07:45 pm

    Clive Palmer ;)

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  • Travelator

    travelator

    18 Nov, 2014 04:31 pm

    Australia shoud get one for our Prime Minister. Kick ass.

    Coudn't call it Air Force One. I wonder what we could call it.......hmmmm

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  • gumshoe

    gumshoe

    18 Nov, 2014 04:40 pm

    Kevin 747 would have wanted one, pity he missed out and Bobby Carr could have gone on a trip with him too.

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  • Jedinak K

    Jedinak K

    18 Nov, 2014 07:06 pm

    Embarrassment Number One.

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  • planemad

    planemad

    18 Nov, 2014 08:32 pm

    That golden "Throne" looks so, so, dumb!!!(and uncomfortable)

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  • eminere

    eminere

    18 Nov, 2014 10:55 pm

    The furnishings and decor are actually pretty drab.

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  • MissBasset

    MissBasset

    19 Nov, 2014 11:16 am

    Would be considered quite contemporary to a Middle Eastern buyer!

     

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  • Flying Fish

    AWA2602

    19 Nov, 2014 10:00 pm

    You would think that for $500m they could have done a better job of the interiors! It looks like a lot of money was spent making it look cheap and trashy!

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