Russian tycoon, owner of UK's Chelsea football club, owns
767-300 described as flying palace
Anyone who knows European football knows the name Roman
Abramovich. The Russian tycoon owns the British Chelsea football
club, and anyone who has seen him mix it up with fans knows he
enjoys the game. Until recently, however, Abramovich had to settle
for getting around in Ilyushin airliners with questionable safety
records not exactly the most comfortable digs.
That has all changed now, as Abramovich has taken delivery of a
$173 million customized Boeing 767-300 that the Times of London is
saying gives him the honor of owning the most expensive non-royalty
bizjet in the world.
The 767-300 was original a 350-pax aircraft owned by Ansett, an
aircraft leasing company. Ansett was about to sell it to Hawaiian
Airlines when Abramovich bought it. After stripping it down to the
bare metal and wires, Abramovich reportedly spent nearly $18
million at Jet Aviation out of Baset, Switzerland, just to do the
interior precisely the way he wanted it (including a 100% scale
Not included in the $18 million: missile-jamming electronics,
about $1.4 million, as well as a special Swedish environmental
system that keeps the humidity in the aircraft just right.
Jet Aviation refused to confirm that it had so much as seen the
aircraft, even though the company's website talks about a
recently completed 767, and has pictures of an extremely luxurious
The list of amenities on Abramovich's 767 reads like the
description of the presidential suites at the most discriminating
luxury hotels. The aircraft has a dining room with seating for 30
guests. Abramovich's office in the sky is decorated with panelling
that seems to have been taken right out of a palace. Egg-shaped
ornaments reminiscent of Faberge eggs are located at strategic
places in the aircraft. The list goes on and on.
Then there's the operational costs. Just fuel alone will run him
about $179 per mile. A one way trip from Moscow to London will set
him back a tidy $500,000+. Not that he'll notice much of that,
considering that his personal net work is estimated at some $13
If all of this reeks of excess, remind yourself that someone has
to do it!