BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11150 posts, RR: 60 Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 12985 times:
Saudi Arabia made him rich. He completed High School and only a little bit of college. Afterwards, he went to Saudi Arabia and became a teacher. He some how started a contracter business and he became acquainted with King Fahad who at that time was just a prince. He was contracted to build a hotel in Taif and built it in a record time and as a result, he became very popular. That's when he started rising and he started several companies that do many things.
Went back to his home country, a rich man, a politician, and a genius.
He's a billionaire now.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
Yqfca From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 156 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 12902 times:
King Hussein of Jordan (Not related to Saddam Hussein) flew charcoal black and white L1011-500 that was dressed up inside and out.
He flew it himself and visited various airshows (like Abbotsford) around the world like any spectator.
I real king aviation nut.
May he rest in peace.
Carlos Borda From United States of America, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 538 posts, RR: 52 Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 12809 times:
Both the Presidents of Argentina and Mexico use VIP 757s. The Emir of Kuwait has a couple of planes, one of which is a 747-400. And the Venezuelan President likes his VIP transport classic... a 707 which also serves as a tanker.
ORD747CLE From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 239 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 12775 times:
Why does the British gov't charter commercial A/C? They miss out on the amenities that you have in your own A/C. Do they think they are not needed? Does BA keep a few planes charter ready with meeting rooms, showers, etc?
VRG772 From Brazil, joined Oct 2003, 124 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 12483 times:
Brazil's aircraft used by president on International travels is like a joke: an old, dirty, noise 707-300... The ones who travel with president are always joking about this airplane (they say it's scary, old....).
The plane is called "Sucatão", which means "Big Scrap".
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 48 Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 12464 times:
ConcordeBoy - on that, I recall reading in late 2000 that it was thought F-BTSC may have rotated at an earlier speed, in order to avoid hitting president Chirac's aircraft. The is resulted in the aircraft travelling at a lower speed through the air, and eventually led to the loss of control, and the crash. I guess it is all academic as to whether the Concorde would have survived if it had have been travelling faster...
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
Manairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 12207 times:
Whilst the UK Prime Minister does use chartered BA aircraft sometimes, the RAF also provides a VC10 for him and other senior government ministers to use on occasion. The Royal family ususally use aircraft from the Royal Flight (a wing of the RAF) for short trips using BAe 146s. Interestingly, a few years ago the Queen travelled to New Zealand on a commercial flight for the first time (ANZ 744). She travelled in first class, paid for by the NZ government, and had the whole cabin to herself!