wilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 23816 times:
Quoting Stitch (Reply 4): Boeing is currently using that frame to test items like the FMC and tail fuel tank so it's tooling around PAE.
Yes, but at one point they will sell it - if still possible depending on its condition (the reason why LH didn't want it anymore). And maybe they offer it already as they know that not many airlines/ People out there want to buy 747-8i
747classic From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 2660 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 23651 times:
Perhaps RC004 :
L/N 1446 - 747-8JA , RC004, serial number 40065 , BBJ customer : Saudi Crown Prince Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabian Government ), test registration N458BJ, future registration HZ-HMS1 , white livery, F/F May-30-2012, Delivery date: June 29-2012, Delivery flight (N458BJ- CYVR-KSBD) date July 9-2012. Owner : Bank of Utah Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah (Corporation). Temp. stored at San Bernadino .
The Future of this aircraft seems to be unsure, because the Prince passed away at October 22-2011. VIP outfitting contract with Jet Aviation (Basel) was cancelled.
Ferried, again with call-sign N458BJ, to Lackland AFB TX at October 06-2012.
Leased to a new customer or delivery to another member of the Saudi Royal Family ?
Ferry flight (N458BJ- KSKF-LFSB) to Basel -Mulhouse at December 28-2012. (Cancelled Jet Aviation outfitting slot occupied by new customer ?)
Operating a twin over the ocean, you're always one engine failure from a total emergency.
tortugamon From United States of America, joined Apr 2013, 6587 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 18114 times:
I do not think they need it for LCF. Aren't they using only three of their four aircraft at this point anyway? It could be that once they go to 12 or 14 a month that even the four is not enough but I think they will be sending wings by barge by then which should open things up.
Do we know if this is a freighter or intercontinental? It did not seem clear to me by the listing.
This test frame has several differences compared to the 19 others they get. So LH was not too happy about it anyways. Now Boeing is in need of a test frame for much longer than expected, bringing further modifications, so LH and Boeing agreed that this aircraft will stay with Boeing.