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Roman Abramovich Said To Be The Owner Of First Private Airbus A380

According to the French daily newspaper Le Figaro, the owner of the first private Airbus A380 is Roman Abramovich. Airbus had announced earlier this year at the Paris Air Show that they received an order for an A380 from an undisclosed private owner. The media had been speculating ever since that the future owner of the biggest private jet ever would be Bill Gates or one of the influential figures from the Middle East or the Sultan of Brunei.

But last Wednesday (06SEP2007) Le Figaro has supposedly ended the speculation based on an unnamed source, by announcing that the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who owns the British football team Chelsea, is the mysterious private citizen who ordered an Airbus A380 superjumbo, the world’s largest commercial airliner. Another part of the story is the fact that Airbus did not confirm the report, and a spokesperson for Mr. Abramovich denied it: “Mr Abramovich has not purchased, nor does he currently intend to purchase, an Airbus A380 aircraft or any other large aircraft,” he said.

Abramovich’s fortune is estimated at 18.7 billion dollars. The A380, which has a 600 square meter internal surface area and can seat between 555 and 800 passengers, officially sells for around 300 million dollars. Mr. Abramovich would most likely replace those seats with a gym, a restaurant or a jacuzzi and would probably fly the plane to Nice and other locations where he owns expensive real estate or can board one of his three private yachts.

Abramovich currently uses a Boeing 767 as his private plane as AirlineWorld has reported earlier. Le Figaro said his A380 is to be delivered in 2011.

by balint01

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John Travolta, Bruce Dickinson, Roman Abramovich – celebs with big jets

When we hear the phrase “private jet” we normally think about small planes like the one in my avatar. A Gulfstream or a Learjet. Most celebrities like Brintey Spears, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Madonna or Paris Hilton own such smaller planes. But here are some of those enthusiasts who need big thingies.

Jon Travolta's houseLet’s start with the most famous celeb known for his crush on Jumbos: John Travolta. Mr Travolta has an official pilot license. When he needed to collect flight hours, he worked free for Qantas. He flew a Jumbo. Now he owns one of these aircrafts and he parks it right in fornt of his house. He lives in a place called Jumbolair, north of Ocala, Florida. Some years ago he lived in a fly-in community near Daytona, but he was sued by neighbors who found his jets too large and noisy. His new home is basically a small private airport. His passion for aircrafs is so strong, he even named his own son Jet.

John Travolta with his crewJohn Travolta with his jetPilot Travolta gives instructions to colleagues

Photos: Nigel Dickinson

Abramovich’s jetRoman Abramovich, the Russian owner of Chelsea Football Club in the UK, also owns a Boeing 767, quite a huge plane for a private jet. Besides this jet he owns 2 helicopters. Well, airports are usually far from the cities, that is true. I have to admit, I really like the painting of this aircraft. It is very modest and elegant. And there is no need for an airline’s name on an aircraft. 🙂

The 757 with Pilot Bruce Dickinson on board

Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden is also an official pilot. He is a first officer at an airline called Astraeus. It operates both shceduled and charter flights. Bruce flies Boeing 757s. So what is it with celebs and private jets? Well, on one hand they have too much to spend without control. We can read gossips all around the net about Tom Cruise sending his assistant on his private jet for his groceries. On the other hand probably there is the same rate of celeb flying fans as among us, just nobody cares about the likes and dislikes of us, regular people. Anyway, if I had the money and I made sure to give enough to foundations, I’d also have an aircraft. 🙂

Photos taken from Airliners.net


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