Mile High Club
By staff
Cruise ships with casinos have been a reality for years. Legally operating in international waters they simply have to cease gambling whenever they come back into a country’s legal territory. It only makes sense that aeroplanes would be able to offer the same convenience.

But there just isn’t enough space on those cramped jets for a casino bar, surely? Well that has been the reality until the manufacture of the super sized Airbus A380 jets. These gigantic planes are set to change the way people look at long haul flight. So much so they could even be considered a suitable holiday destination in their own right – much like people today book a cruise ship.

They are set to offer travellers the luxurious comfort of shops, restaurants, private sleeping quarters, showers, massages, gyms – and even casinos. Costing a staggering $250 million each the double-decker aviation marvel can host up to 555 passengers a go in surroundings that offer comfort and convenience unknown to today’s frequent flyers.

Thomas Burger, an Airbus marketing analyst believes they will simply revolutionise air travel when they are released for commercial operation in 2006. According to John Leahy, Airbus executive vice president for customer affairs, some carriers are already enquiring about using space in the lower deck for a casino. '

Mr Leahy: “Some Asian carriers are talking to us about even a casino down below, where you could have a little pub and little slot machines.” So far carriers have ordered 97 of the new aircraft worldwide. These include Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines and Qantas Airways.

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