When a 747 Just Isn't Big Enough

Business Jet Traveler » February 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 4:00am

The Airbus A380 double-deck airliner has received joint type certification approvals from both U.S. and French aviation authorities. At 1.19 million pounds and with 6,819 square feet of floor space, it is the largest airliner ever built. Airbus has admitted to talks with customers about replacing their Boeing 747 luxury aircraft with VVIP A380s, but there has been no confirmation of any actual orders. The big jet lists for $285 million and independent completion centers estimate that outfitting the cabin will add $150 million. As an airliner, it can carry several hundred passengers more than 9,200 nautical miles at more than 500 knots.

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““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”

-—actor and comedian Ricky Gervais