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Airplane Casinos Arriving in the Future

3 March 2003

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the West Australian: "Imagine lounging in a bar or gambling on board an aeroplane.

"Walking around a shop, dining in a restaurant, sleeping in a private cabin, showers, massages and even a gym.

"…Several airlines - including Australia's own Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic - have snapped up the supersized Airbus A380 jets, with 97 of the aircraft on order world-wide.

"The double-decker, 500-555 seat $US250 million aviation beast is set to revolutionise air travel when it enters into commercial operation in early 2006, said Airbus marketing analyst Thomas Burger.

"…Some Asian carriers were considering using the extra space in the lower deck for a casino, Airbus executive vice president customer affairs John Leahy said.

"`Some Asian carriers are talking to us about even a casino down below, where you could have a little pub and little slot machines,' Mr Leahy said…"

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