The A380: Not the World’s Most Convenient Private Jet

Some bright spark with more money than sense has just dropped $300 million

on an Airbus A380 superjumbo jet – for

his personal use. That works out at about $30,000 per square foot of cabin

space, before paying for fuel, pilots, refits, or anything else.

If you don’t care about destroying the planet, then private jets are certainly

a great way to fly: they’re vastly more comfortable and convenient than flying

commercial. For one thing, you never need to worry about being at the mercy

of major airlines’ hub-and-spoke systems: you can fly from wherever you are

to wherever you’re going, without changing planes.

Unless you own an A380, of course. The superjumbo is so enormous that it can

only land at a very limited number of airports, and I’m quite sure that none

of them are in rich-peoples’ playgrounds such as Aspen, Nantucket, or Bermuda.

Which means that our A380 owner, who I’m sure won’t stay anonymous for long,

is going to have to downsize to a smaller private jet any time he wants to fly

somewhere without a major metropolitan airport.

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