We'll never get tired of dreaming about luxury airplanes and first class opulence - and as long as the ultra-wealthy keep building bigger and better flying machines for themselves, we'll never run out of sky-high fantasies either. That's why we were so delighted to hear about the latest in extravagant aviation from an exotic billionaire - a completely personalised, completely remodelled Boeing 747!
Flying first-class is so 2014 darling - these days if you want to be taken seriously as part of the uber-rich glitterati, you need your own private plane. And not some rubbishy Lear or Gulfstream either - the bigger, the more exclusive, and the more lavishly decorated, the better. And what could be bigger, better and more worth boasting about than your very own commercial aircraft for the oh-so-affordable price of $350 million! Add a $400 million renovation on top of that and we're talking some serious cheddar. But you don't get to be a billionaire without having a few spare millions in the bank, so we're sure the $750 million total price tag barely made a dent. (Also while we're on the subject, if there are ever a few spare millions you need to get rid of, we'd be happy to help.)
So if you're the owner of your own jumbo jet, and you want to completely revamp it from the inside out, where do you start? Well, if you're anything like our billionaire idol, you start in the master bedroom, with a king-size bed, luxury linen, a couch, a recliner, and the finest style and elegance that money can buy. Which in this case, is a lot.
Then you move onto the boardroom (because of course an airplane would have a boardroom) and you kit it out with state-of-the-art electronics and world-class facilities. And for those smaller meetings, you reconvene in your private office, complete with couches, a TV and a removable desk. Just because you're working, doesn't mean you don't deserve to be comfortable at the same time.
Feeling peckish? You'll be glad to know the endless array of chicken or beef has disappeared, to be replaced with an on-board buffet that would make Marco Pierre-White weep, and a bar stocked with the finest in champagnes. Pre-flight bubbly anyone? Don't mind if we do!
Sample the world's finest delicacies either from the luxuriousness of a twelve-seater dining room table, or take your meal to go, and stretch out in one of the Boeing's 30 first-class seats. No, that's not a typo - this giant passenger liner comes with just 30 seats, the original 500 having been taken out and replaced with what every air traveller prices above gold - space! Add to that numerous televisions dotted throughout the craft, satellite and cable TV, and your very own upstairs lounge, and you have the perfect place to while away the hours spent travelling from one glorious location to the next.
Of course, as our only experience of air travel is being cooped up in a teeny tiny economy seat while we listen to the soundtrack of 1,000 screaming children, it may be a while before we get to enjoy this phenomenal level of luxury for ourselves. So a helpful hint to the owner of this one-of-a-kind aircraft - if we don't win the lottery in the next few weeks, you might want to check the hold before takeoff. Chances are you may have a couple of stowaways.
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