Wow, someone's getting the ultimate sweet ride. Click here for details. The first of the new super-ginormous mega-jets will go to a private buyer who will spend $350million on the plane, and then $50-$150 million on duding it up proper. The ultimate pimping of the ultimate ride, as it were.
I'm betting the buyer is that Saudi Prince. If you think about it, it's thrifty for him to spend 450 million sawbucks on this big new plane, because it's got to be more efficient than traveling with his coterie of 450+ dearest and best on two 747s, like he did when he came to Dallas last year. Also, when he came to town last year, heir to the throne snarled the entire uptown district when streets were closed off to accommodate him and his massive entourage, who booked the entirety of The Mansion on Turtle Creek (whose cheap rooms start at $495 and go upwards of $2400 per night) for their exclusive use. They also booked every limousine in town, making it take even longer for his police-escorted entourage to traverse local roadways. Goody. *yawn*
When you really think about it, the environmentalists are the biggest racists around. Why should they want to deprive those poor desert dwellers of the income their petroleum affords them, hmm? I think it's because they hate Arab people. Bigots! Haters!
I celebrate the right of Arabs and the Sultan of Brunei to cobble some paltry existence from their generally un-enticing localities. You have to feel sorry for them, really - having to travel with all those hangers-on must be a colossal pain in the ass. At least now there is a plane big enough to accommodate those suck-ups in one swell foop.