For a nine day trip to Indonesia, the King of Saudi Arabia has packed 506 tons of luggage including a set of elevators and two limousines.
Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is going all out for the Saudi King’s first visit to Indonesia in 46 years.
Along with the 459 tons of precious cargo, Jasa Angkasa Semesta (JAS) airport handlers have dedicated 572 members of staff to deal with the huge entourage of 620 people, 800 delegates, and 25 princes accompanying the King.
The massive haul, which will be arriving at two different airports in Jakarta and Bali, includes two Mercedes-Benz s600s as well as gilded furniture and red carpets.
The airfreight company’s director Adji Gunawan said to the Jakarta Post:
We have been officially appointed to handle all [cargo] belonging to the king’s entourage aircraft.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing everything in gold including ‘gold mirrors, gold end tables, gold lamps, even gold hat racks’.
Such extravagance is not out of character for the Saudi royal who has previously booked out an entire Four Seasons in Georgetown forcing all those with bookings in the 222 room hotel to be moved.
King Salman also closed down an entire beach in the French Riviera so he could take 1,000 people there for a holiday.
To think I was thankful for Ryan Air’s small mercy of allowing a small second bag as hand luggage.