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New 777LR For Ceiba Intercontinental (pics!)  
User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3958 posts, RR: 18
Posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 17093 times:

This 777 shows some strange customer details on official Boeing docs so there was some mystery surrounding it. The plane flew to Portland PDX for painting and it's now out and flown back to PAE today.

Turns out it's for Ceiba Intercontinental, which is an airline I'd never even heard of.

Some details on them here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CEIBA_Intercontinental

Some past discussion on them here - http://www.pprune.org/african-aviati...al-airlines-equatorial-guinea.html  Wow!

And now some pics, with due credit to Tyler (vector1771) and kpaekilo1:


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Photo © Tyler Rogoway - Hangar Seventy One Aviation Photo Works

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vector1...5783549520/sizes/l/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3861984...5783359103/sizes/l/in/photostream/

Nice!   

[Edited 2011-05-31 17:06:13 by srbmod]

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User currently offlineusflyer msp From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2185 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 16957 times:

Wow...I cannot think of one route from SSG that would need a 77L. This carrier is banned from the EU and is not able to fly to the US, maybe a route to China? Either way, I wish them the best but I am not holding my breath. I do like the livery however.

User currently offlineIdlewild From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 16540 times:
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Why are they banned from setting foot in the EU & USA? Kinda looks like a government/VIP aircraft. I wouldn't doubt the China route. The Chinese are creating infrastructure at a furious pace in Africa & South America.

User currently offlinejogales From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 16391 times:

Is there a mistake in the photo data? It's listed as a Boeing 777-FBLR...should that be 777-2FBLR? Still a strange code though, FB is listed as a BBJ customer.


Josh



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User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3958 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 16260 times:

@ jogales, yes it should be 2FB. I have alerted Tyler.

Based on the ordering party details, "BBJ" would be a fair description for code FB although technically incorrect.


User currently offlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5856 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 16225 times:

Quoting jogales (Reply 3):
Still a strange code though, FB is listed as a BBJ customer.

This makes me think it's actually a VIP aircraft for the Equatorial Guinea government. Such aircraft are often operated in the livery of the national passenger carrier.

If so, it's pretty crazy for a country of that size and level of poverty to be buying one of the most expensive aircraft on the planet just to shuttle officials around.


User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2175 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 16167 times:

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 5):
If so, it's pretty crazy for a country of that size and level of poverty to be buying one of the most expensive aircraft on the planet just to shuttle officials around.

Equatorial Guinea is swimming in oil.


User currently offlinesbon From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 15985 times:

Quoting Idlewild (Reply 2):
and is not able to fly to the US

Is it known why this is so?


User currently offlinevfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 4062 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 15607 times:

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 5):
If so, it's pretty crazy for a country of that size and level of poverty to be buying one of the most expensive aircraft on the planet just to shuttle officials around.

The country is the richest in Africa and #26 in the world GDP per capita wise, sandwiched between Ireland and Belgium ("country" in a wide sense - most people are poor, a few are dirt rich).


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6676 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14906 times:

Quoting Idlewild (Reply 2):
Why are they banned from setting foot in the EU & USA?

I'm not sure about the EU but the current Govt Aircraft for Equatorial Guinea, 3C-EGE, is often at IAD or at least used to be. I think AIRLINES may be banned from certain countries but individual aircraft are allowed to operate.

It's also interesting to note the the Boeing customer code for this aircraft is the same as the BBJ the Equatorial Guinean Govt already operates. Perhaps the airline Ceiba Intercontinental will operate the aircraft on behalf of the Govt ?

Nice to see another Vip 777.

The777Man

[Edited 2011-06-01 02:19:25]


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User currently offlinehal9213 From Germany, joined May 2009, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 14680 times:

It sure is a beautiful livery. I think these swinglines are the next generation of hype liveries after cheatlines and eurowhite.

User currently offlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5856 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 13767 times:

Quoting vfw614 (Reply 8):
The country is the richest in Africa and #26 in the world GDP per capita wise, sandwiched between Ireland and Belgium ("country" in a wide sense - most people are poor, a few are dirt rich).
Quoting AF022 (Reply 6):
Equatorial Guinea is swimming in oil.

Sorry, I meant "level of poverty" as in "number of people who are desperately poor," not "low GDP." $200 million could provide a staggering amount of development assistance, but apparently the latest shiny toy is more important.


User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10010 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 13680 times:

Indeed a very nice livery and based on this thread this is a VIP aircraft and will not be used as a commercial airline(?) It makes sense looking at this airline having been banned from the EU and the U.S. Time will tell, I sure would love to see this aircraft!!!

A388


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12457 times:

Well, TAAG Angola is banned from the EU, but their 772 are allowed (an exeption was given just to this type). They fly them on the LAD-LIS and LAD-LHR routes.
Maybe CEIBA Intercontinental will try to get this exeption for this 77L too.

Routes to China, maybe MAD (The official language in EG is Spanish), LHR? Any other thoughts?

Adam



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User currently offlinechieft From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 11756 times:
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I also guess that the B777 is an executive one; CEIBA operates ATR props only and MNG operates obviously an A300F for them.

Equatorial Guinea is the 3rd largest oil producer in Africa.

Given that about 95% of the oil money goes directly in Teodoros pocket, the money for a 777 is pocket money for him. The livery also matches not at all with the ususal CEIBA one.

I don't believe that we see here a B777 for scheduled servcies...

Possibly we can welcome this A/C in Hamburg for VIP outfitting soon????

[Edited 2011-06-01 07:18:23]


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User currently offlineJana From Antigua and Barbuda, joined Sep 2009, 110 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 11514 times:

This Ceiba Intercontinental is the spin off design of the original airEG (project name) livery design The Netherlands' based agency Lila Design created for the government of Equatorial Guinee, back in 2008. Lila Design's most recent livery designs are created for Air Finland and Starbow Airlines (Ghana).

Source: Lila Design Associates B.V. http://www.liladesign.com




[Edited 2011-06-01 07:45:38]

User currently offlinebraynfeeble From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 10015 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 13):

Sorry TAAG doesn't serve LHR, it's operated by good old BA.

See www.ceibainternational.com for more information on this rather interesting airline!

At first I thought it was from Honduras (re. La Ceiba)!



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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10010 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 9501 times:

Quoting braynfeeble (Reply 16):
See www.ceibainternational.com for more information on this rather interesting airline!

The company you mention doesn't look to be the airline we are discussing here. This airline is called Ceiba Intercontinental and not Ceiba International. Besides this, the airline is based in Equatorial Guinee and has no links to the Mayas, Belize or Mexico as opposed to the company you linked (Ceiba International).

A388


User currently offlineikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21590 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 8988 times:

Quoting Jana (Reply 15):
This Ceiba Intercontinental is the spin off design of the original airEG

It looks nothing like it, and like many liveries posted here from Lila (not all their liveries, but most of the ones posted on a.net), that is butt ugly.



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User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7545 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8260 times:

Quoting seabosdca (Reply 5):
If so, it's pretty crazy for a country of that size and level of poverty to be buying one of the most expensive aircraft on the planet just to shuttle officials around

Turkemenistan also has an -L for Government ops,must be nice.



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User currently offlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 10010 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8190 times:

Quoting United_fan (Reply 21):
Turkemenistan also has an -L for Government ops,must be nice.

That is true, what's the status on that aircraft, has the custom (VIP) interior been fitted by now and is the aircraft delivered to them already?

A388


User currently offlinefauzi From Brunei, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8134 times:

It looks nice! Might be a VIP plane... would be a huge upgrade from ATRs to 77L.


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User currently offlineraggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 1005 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8102 times:

Ceiba Intercontinental, eh?

Me thinks they should've gotten the 747-8 Intercontinental instead. Get it?  



Stick & Rudder
User currently offlineViper911 From Russia, joined Oct 2005, 269 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8105 times:

My mother works in equatorial guinea for the last 2 years, and uses this airline quite frequently, they used to operate F-28 and switched to ATRs now. But one thing i find strange in this story, why would they ever need a 777LR? all of their routes are domestic, i'd say this is a VIP aircraft for the president of Equatorial Guinea.

p.s: i got some Ceiba Intercontinental safety cards of the F-28s, if someone is interested in a trade, pm me.


Viper 911.


User currently offlineOwleye From Netherlands, joined Feb 2006, 962 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (3 years 7 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8011 times:

Quoting Viper911 (Reply 25):
i'd say this is a VIP aircraft for the president of Equatorial Guinea.

This is common known in the aviation sector and it has been in the EG news on the internet for several years already: it's for the President and expats mainly.

[Edited 2011-06-01 13:25:24]

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