Airbus has identified the customer for the first VIP A380 aircraft as Saudi Arabian royal family member Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, adding that the jet will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines.
The manufacturer confirmed earlier this year that it had a customer lined up to take the VIP aircraft which it has designated the ‘Flying Palace’.
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No completion centre has yet been selected to outfit the aircraft’s cabin. Airbus revealed the customer at the Dubai air show today. The aircraft will be delivered in 2010.
Al-Saud is the founder of diversified private investment firm Kingdom Holding Company which concentrates on activities in the banking, hotel, and real estate sectors. He already owns a private Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
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