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Saudia Arabian MD-11 In SAT  
User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3167 times:

Hi,

I was down in SAT this past weekend, my first trip to the airport there, and I was surprised to see the extensive maintenance facilities that they have. One of the aircraft that was there was particularly surprising, a Saudi Arabian MD-11 was parked out west of the passenger terminals outside of a hanger. Does anyone have any idea what it is doing there? I realize that routine maintenance is a likely possibility, but I was surprised that it would be flown so far for that reason (even though I know that it happens a bit). Does anyone know if it is being sold? Or perhaps converted to a freighter? Do they have that capability in SAT? Most of the pictures of Saudi Arabian MD-11s on this site are of freighters. However, there were windows and no cargo markings on the aircraft. Anyone know? Thanks.

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User currently offlineBh From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

It may have been one of the Royal Family airplanes.They keep them things running around alot so it may have been close to SAT and they sent it there.

User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

Could be. Does anyone know how many passenger MD-11s Saudi Arabian still operates?

User currently offlineLuxair66 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

Saudia doesn't operate any passenger MD11's, the one you saw will be one of the 2 operated for the Royal Family in full Saudia colours, SAT Sakhalin Airlines (Russian Federation)">HZ-HM7 and SAT Sakhalin Airlines (Russian Federation)">HZ-AFA1. I believe that SAT Sakhalin Airlines (Russian Federation)">HZ-HM7 is currently stored.

Cheers,

Neil


User currently offlineLuxair66 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

Sorry, that should have read:

Saudia doesn't operate any passenger MD11's, the one you saw will be one of the 2 operated for the Royal Family in full Saudia colours.

The 2 aircraft in question are HZHM7 (currently stored?) and HZAFA1.

Cheers,

Neil


User currently offlineHz747300 From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2004, 1668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2964 times:
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Saudi Arabian does its interior and fitting in SAT. When the King took his first 747-300, it was fitted in San Antonio.

I thought that SAT Sakhalin Airlines (Russian Federation)">HZ's MD-11's were all cargo.



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User currently offlineTLIMA From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2947 times:

I have seen this aircraft several times over the past couple of years here. It seems like it is there for long periods of time and disappears for short periods before it pops up again. I think I began seeing it in the early part of last year with these high frequencies at SAT.




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User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2888 times:

Thanks for the info. I am kicking myself for not getting a look at the registration number and writing it down.

Luxair,

You gotta love how this site does that when you type in certain letter combinations!


User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2046 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2870 times:

The plane is parked at San Antonio Aerospace, formerly Dee Howard. It is ostensibly there for refurbishment, but many months have gone by now and it still hangs around. I took this shot of its tail hanging out of the hangar:



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User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

The Saudi's owe San Antonio Aerospace money for an extended "C" check on this airplane. Since they haven't paid, there is a sheriff's lien on the airplane red stickers and all. It's been sitting there now for almost a year.
No ticket, no laundry!!


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