Hisham From Lebanon, joined Aug 1999, 701 posts, RR: 12 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1796 times:
I just confirmed a rumour I heard that Rafic Hariri, the prime minister of Lebanon, has bought a personal 777. What I also found that his also received a 737-700.
He has been flying a 7272 for about 20 years now. This guy is very wealthy (around 5 billions from private business). But I still find it impresive that he is willing to inverst all that money (250 million?) for his transportation. He must be an aviation enthusiast!
The 777 is a 200ER version VP-BRH (for Baha Rafic Hariri: His son).
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1613 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1715 times:
MASHALLAH.....!! i am not surprised at all...... he is definately a billionare (according to forbes) and he sure has a big heart.Here in Boston he built the most prestigious school of Boston University(BU) which is now named
"RafiK B Hariri School of Management"....also commonly known as SMG.
Hisham From Lebanon, joined Aug 1999, 701 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
Saudi Oger is 100% owned by Rafic Hariri. He is the president of the company and his two sons are vice president and General Manager. So even though this aircraft is company owned (Unlike the 727 which is owned by him), practically that's the family's plane.
Alpha,thanks for the photo, I had a link for another one but it mysteriously disappeared from the site it was posted on.
Kevin From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1135 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1574 times:
I lived in BEY for a long time. I know the whole thing going on in there.
Beirut is having a really nice time right now, aviation wise. New airport, carriers coming back. At the last six months Air Afrique and LOT came back and rumours say that Pakistan Airlines, Iran Air, Qantas and Air Canada are considering BEY as a destination. What do you know about this?
As about Hariri I shook his hand once during the elections. He is a nice guy. I saw his 727 many times. But what about his 777. Will it be based in Beirut or Jeddah? BEY currently has lotsa triples:
Saudia, Emirates and occasionally British Airways and Kuwait Airways.
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1551 times:
I think its pretty disgraceful that all that valueble money is being spent this vulgur way, couldnt he donate it for charity in his own country or to the millions who are living below poverty around the world
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7820 posts, RR: 54 Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1541 times:
It's a bit silly to have a go at Hariri for the 777, Lebanon's problems aren't his fault, most of them aren't even Lebanon's fault (Syria, Israel, Palestine, France, US et al). Hariri made his money in business, the wages as PM aren't exactly going to make a difference to his fortune so isn't he giving enough? None of you complain about Travolta's 707, which probably burns twice as much fuel as a 777. Plus, the 777 is a corporate transport, carrying trade delegations, employees etc on legitimate business trips (mostly), not crossing the Atlantic for a wedding. America has plenty of desperately poor and underprivileged citizens as well, I don't hear any of you asking him to hand it all over the huddled masses. Nor will you hear that from me. By the way, I don't begrudge Travolta and his 707 one bit, good on him, hard working lad etc., he should be free to do with it what he wants. Get some perspective.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Airmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 372 posts, RR: 2 Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1505 times:
Being rich in a country like America where atleast 90 percent of the population has everything available to them is no crime, its also fine for the Oil rich Gulf region, nor is it in a third world country, but in a third world country that money can be put to much better use, rather than acquiring more for himself Harriri should now share with others, his wealth is a gift and test from God, and besides theres no need for a "Personal" 777 when state owned equipment is available for use, or why not charter an MEA plane for a fraction of the price, be it for personal or official use, and it would be good advertising for the country's national airline
Hisham From Lebanon, joined Aug 1999, 701 posts, RR: 12 Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1504 times:
Hariri has done a lot of charity. And I'm one of the beneficiaries. He paid part of my college education and that of thousands other lebanese students. I'm grateful for that.
He is accountable as prime minister (I'm totally against his policies) but as far as his private money is concerned I don't think he has any obligations towards me.
I'm glad he got a 777. That's what I would do if I got the money.
And I'm sure all the whinners would have done the same. Cedarjet and Worldvoyager are right. I guess him being a rich arab didn't help him get your blessings.
So are you of Lebanese origin?
Iran air already flies to BEY. Pakistan flew there for a couple of months then cut the route.
Cedarjet also mentioned once a BA 777 service. But BA serves Beirut through its subsidiary British Mediterranean which operates only 320s. Any specifics about that?
KHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1613 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1491 times:
Why does every have to come up with a problem in every situation. Now Hariri having a B777 with his own money is an issue!! Well to everyone here who thinks thats wrong....... what i have to say to them is that as long as he fulfils his moral obligations of giving to charity and various other causes(which i hear he does), he is free to do what he wants with HIS money. When he is worth thousands of millions of dollars literally i dont see why him spending a fraction of that should be a problem with anyone. Maybe him or his son are into planes just like many people are about cars. Im just as passionate about cars as i am about aviation and i think if i was half as wealthy as him i would surely have a B777. And for someone who is is worth billions,getting a plane is just like getting a car for the most of us.
Kevin From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1135 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1492 times:
No I'm not of Lebanese origin. I'm more of Eastern European. But hey 8 years in Leb made me kinda United Nations Guy!!
Yep, BA doesn't fly to Beirut anymore. British Mediteranean does. Dunno why BM uses an A320 when there is enough traffic to fill a whole 767.
KLM and Air France profit from this situation by sending a 767 and a 747/343/310 respectively.
As for Hariri I already told that he is a good guy and I like him. No matter where he got his money from , he is using fantastic amounts to rebuild Lebanon. Hariri Foundation, Solidere, Beirut Airport, Sports City...
May be at his place another guy would just fill up his pockets. So I simply say "Mabrouk!" (congratulations) for his 777 let him enjoy it to the hilt!!!
As about Beirut Tehran route. Two years ago MEA opened the route and it had very poor loads. Now that Iran Air flies the route MEA can drop it and open the route to somewhere else more profitable.
Lebanon urgently needs the following routes:
Passengers fly these routes mosltly through KUL, DXB, LHR, CDG. But if a certain airline would establish a direct link they would make big bucks out of it.
I just don't understand why MEA doesn't take a risk to lease a couple of 340-300s (France as a friend would give a very good price) to be used on the uplisted routes. Lebanese are patriots so they would fly MEA for sure. Unfortunately recently MEA got a very bad management team along with a dummy CEO who doesn't know what an airplane is... He made a decision about Tehran. So hopefully MEA gets a nice management team who will get it on to the right track.