If you have a spare $80million lying around you might be in the market for a new Boeing jet unveiled this week in Shanghai, China.
Boeing flaunted its high-tech customised 737 at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition.
Earlier this month, the aviation giant delivered this modified 737, similar to the one on show in China, to a private businessman in the United States – and it is the customer’s second private Boeing jet.
The 737 retails for a mere $57million. But interior remodeling, done by an independent company and ranging between $20 and $25 million typically push total costs for the Boeing 737 to around $80million.
The plane can carry up to 19 passengers and flies 5,600 nautical miles at Mach 0.80, or roughly 12 hours of nonstop flight, before it needs refueling.
A conference room features connectivity for smartphones and computers, and a high-definition video system boasts surround-sound audio.
The jet sleeps up to eight people and features a large bedroom with king-sized bed and a private toilet.
The plane also includes a smaller bedroom with divans that convert into beds.
And the jet’s kitchen features convection and microwave ovens, a refrigerator, wine cooler and trash compactor.
But the $80 million spent on the 737 is pocket change compared to the whopping amount a Saudi billionaire prince forked over for his private jet.
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud took private jet ownership to an astonishing level in 2009 when he purchased an Airbus A380 for private use.
The Worcestershire, England-based firm Design Q is in charge of customizing the superjumbo’s interior.
The Airbus A360 normally seats up to 600 travelers, but Prince al-Waleed bin Talal has other plans for his jet, including a $60 million gold leaf pain job, a marble-paneled dining room, and a lounge room for up to 25 aides.
The megajet will also feature a movie theater with leather seats, a gym, and several bedrooms, and a Turkish bath for four.
By comparison Donald Trump’s puny Boeing 757 cost only $100 million and seats 43 passengers.
Trump’s jet features gold faucets and seat belts, suede-covered ceilings and Waterford crystal lamps.
The 757 also boasts a spacious bedroom with private bathroom, a huge flat-screen television and electric shades.
And the aircraft’s chairs are embroidered with the Trump family crest, of course.
The Donald bought the 757 in 2010 from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.