The possession of private aircrafts by Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, has recently been the subject of controversy.
He is not only famed for being the owner of the club with the most championships, but he is also known for owning a Boeing 767-300ER, one of the world’s most expensive private planes, costing over $100 million.
Roman Arkadyevic Abramovich is a Russian-Israeli oligarch who owns the Chelsea Football Club and Millhouse Capital, which owns Evraz.
It’s no surprise that he owns one of the most expensive private jets.
When it comes to jet ownership, Abramovich’s fleet included aircraft such as the Boeing 767-300ER, dubbed “The Bandit” and registered as P4-MES, which was later replaced with a sumptuous 50-seat private Boeing 787 Dreamliner, designated as P4-BDL et etc.
‘The Bandit’ is essentially a mansion with wings and wheels capable of flying around the globe.
It was originally built for Hawaiian Airlines in 2003.
However, once the airline’s order was canceled in 2004, Abramovich acquired ownership of the jet.
Global Jet Luxembourg, a private air charter firm, is in charge of the plane.
Global Jet is also recognized for flying Boeing 737s and Airbus A319s, among other aircraft.
Along with being like a fort protected against ground-to-air and air-to-air attacks, the Boeing 767-300ER has a banquet hall capable of accommodating 30 people. Adding to the security, the aircraft can also jam radio frequencies of any potential threats.
The security comes with no compromise in the area of comfort; the interior of ‘The Bandit’ is designed by yacht designer Andrew Winch.
To describe the interior, it gets an office, a full kitchen, a bedroom, an ensuite bathroom with chestnut furniture and gold trimmings.
As for the power source the aircraft uses Pratt and Whitney PW4000 engines giving it a speed of 850 km/h.
All these specialities of the aircraft didn’t manage to make it a permanent member of Roman Abramovich’s fleet.
A while back he replaced the 767 for a private Boeing 787 Dreamliner, registered as P4-BDL.