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Did a Saudi man accidentally buy two Airbus A350 for his son’s birthday?

Airbus A350-1000

This incident occurred on August 15, 2019, While looking for scale models of the Airbus A350-1000, a man in Saudi Arabia inadvertently purchased two of them. The man, an energy investor, was looking for a birthday present for his son, who is a big aviation fan.

The man claims he called Airbus for the model planes, but communication was difficult due to his lack of English. “They asked so many questions about the interior and exterior that I assumed they made very accurate scale models.” The man didn’t seem to mind the price tag of around € 329 million. “I got mixed up in currency conversions; I thought it was a little pricey but still reasonable.”


The man paid with his American Express card, and Airbus called a few months later to say the planes were ready for delivery. “When they asked who was going to fly it, I thought it was a joke.”

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The Saudi man kept one of the planes and gave the other to his cousin.

Some social media users thought the storey was too good to be true, and they were right: it came from a satirical website, and an Airbus official confirmed that it was made up. He also walked us through the complicated process of purchasing one of these massive, expensive jets.


Contrary to popular belief, it is not possible to purchase an A350 by simply providing credit card information over the phone.

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