Nzblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 639 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3358 times:
Yesterday I noticed a parked Saudi Arabian 747-400 at LAX's South Complex Parking (it's still there as of this afternoon). A few weeks ago, I noticed the L1011 at LAX a couple days out of those weeks. On one day, the L1011 landed, taxied to South Complex parking, stayed for perhaps 45 minutes at most, and took off again (perhaps this may have been a pick-up or drop-off).
Since Saudi Arabian does not operate scheduled flights into/out of LAX, I was just curious to know the reasons behind these charter(?) flights? Are they always operated this often into LAX? It seems to me that they're around more often here at LAX in recent weeks/months than they used to be. And isn't the L-1011 operated for the transportation of Saudi Royal Family?
Any info would be appreciated. Lovely to see such a nicely painted 744 as you make the exit from the 105 Freeway onto Sepulveda-North!
It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together.
SV777KiloAlpha From Saudi Arabia, joined Dec 2003, 267 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3073 times:
The L1011 is operated by the Special Flights (Royal Flights) division of Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA/SV). The Special Flights operates the following aircraft:
Small Biz jets
They also, from time to time, use aircraft from the SV fleet, such as the 744 you mentioned at LAX. Both flights were operated by the Special Flight div. carrying Royal families back from the summer vacation in LA.