Iowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3250 times:
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.
Luxair66 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3124 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.
TLIMA From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3030 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.
Sleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2048 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2953 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:
Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2905 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!!