Sunday, June 7, 2009

Recession? What recession?

Via my friend Peter's Bayou Renaissance Man blog, comes this UK Daily Mail story of super-rich extravagance:
Imagine the perfect flying experience - no queues, a reclining seat, perhaps a glass of chilled champagne.

Add four-poster beds, a Turkish bath for four and somewhere to put the Rolls-Royce - not to mention a boardroom with holographic screens and a concert hall.

(Click to enlarge. Photo: UK Daily Mail)

Then you've got a £300million flying palace - a superjumbo designed to order for a Middle Eastern prince.

When complete in three years time, the converted Airbus A380 will be the world's largest private jet.

Its fabulously wealthy owner is unknown, but names linked to the plane include Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, owner of the Savoy Hotel. It is being designed to order by the Worcestershire-based firm Design Q.

In a space normally given to 600 passengers, the owner and his guests will enjoy five-star treatment from the moment of arrival. ...

More here. There are only a handful of individuals in the world who could afford something this extravagant, but in that rarefied circle, I suspect a major case of jet envy coming on among that person's peers.

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