Ikarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2178 times:
Actually, I have noticed Saudi Arabian 747SPs and L1011s at Stansted several times, and the Dubai government 747SP, too. I don't think it's anything special. The Arabian VIP planes are regular visitors in London - Heathrow and Stansted (I have not flown out of Gatwick or Luton lately, but I would imagine they are not too uncommon there, either)
Ryanair From United Kingdom, joined Jul 1999, 654 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2116 times:
Saudi Royal flight regularly use the airport on shopping trips to London. If it was a 777 it would have been a minor royal, if it's one of the 747's then it's more likely somebody from higher up the ranks.
Certainly the Kings wives use 747-SP's for shopping trips fairly regularly into STN.
I tried to convince airfield ops to stick them and an El Al 744 next to each other once, oddly enough they declined!