Sat, Sep 08, 2007
But How Else Does One Transport 500 Of Your Closest
A spokesperson for billionaire Roman Abramovich has squashed
rumors his boss purchased what would have to be the ultimate in
private transportation: an Airbus A380 VIP.
The French newspaper, Le Figaro, recently reported -- without
citing sources -- an A380 VIP had been purchased for private
use, according to Private Jet Daily.
The A380 VIP was unveiled at the Paris Air Show in June
and Le Figaro fingered Abramovich as the buyer.
"Mr. Abramovich has not purchased, nor does he currently intend
to purchase, an Airbus A380 aircraft or any other large aircraft,"
said the spokesperson.
At a cost of more than $300 million a pop -- and the VIP model
costs much more -- such a purchase would not be surprising,
according to Russian Daily, Kommersant. Abramovich is renowned for
his lavish and extravagant purchases, like Britain's Chelsea
football club and his order of the world's largest yacht.
We just wonder what he would do with a current mode of air
transportation, a $173 million customized Boeing 767-300
he purchased in 2004 and spent another $18 million to
customize it to his specifications. The Times of London said at the
time the purchase gave Abramovich the honor of owning the most
expensive non-royalty bizjet in the world.
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