Airbus gives jet-setters the chance to sing and gamble their way across time zones

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 May, 2011, 12:00am


Love karaoke? Fanatical about playing mahjong? In a specially designed cabin created for the Chinese market, Airbus now lets you do them all in style - in the stratosphere. On board its private jet you can sing and gamble your way across time zones, and without disturbing the neighbours.

The European aviation giant is heavily promoting its Chinese-style interior 'Phoenix Cabin'. Not only does it have all the decadent billionaire features, the round centrepiece table can be converted into a square one (pictured) for mahjong players. It's made from a sound-absorbent material to minimise noise. But that element may not be such a selling point on the mainland - who wants to complain about a jet-setting billionaire making too much noise?

The mainland is emerging as the primary growth market for private jets.

Airbus China says the mainland has bought most of its 25 jets sold in the Asia-Pacific region since the first Airbus corporate jet was ordered by China in 2005. The mainland now accounts for around 25 per cent of worldwide orders.

Airbus said it needed to design interiors that appeal to its new clients. It seems the motherland is truly changing the face of private aviation.