Russian Billionaire Orders Airbus A380 As Private Jet

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC owner is believed to be the world’s first private buyer of the largest luxury jet – Airbus A380.

A source close to Airbus said, “the price tag is around the $300 million, but obviously it is being refitted and customised to his own personal specifications.”

Interior designers have already proposed customisations to the A380 which includes three bedrooms, a lounge and dining area, a sauna and exercise bikes.

The 40 year-old single billionaire is already UK’s richest man. According to the Russian Finance magazine, as of January 2007, his fortune was $21.0 billion.

He has already spent more than $300 million on private yachts, and real estate across the globe.

According to Le Figaro newspaper, Abramovich was the mystery buyer behind an order for an A380 VIP, which was revealed by Airbus at the Paris Air Show in June this year.

However Abramovich is not likely to be the only private buyer of the A380. Sources at the air show suggest that at least two other private buyers from the Middle East are in final stages of talks with Airbus.

The doubledecker A380 is the world’s biggest airliner. It is capable of carrying 840 passengers, measures 73 metres in length (239-feet) and towers over its biggest rival, the Boeing 747.

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