liftsifter From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 412 posts, RR: 3 Posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8703 times:
Does anyone know which plane is currently in use for the HK of Jordan? I know the king was using an A318 for some time, and I wanted to know if he's ever even used the A340-600. In the past he was using an A340-200.
KaiTak747 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2012, 199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7692 times:
If I remember correctly King Abdullah II sold the A340-600 during the Arab Spring. He clearly didn't want to be seen spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a new jet during a period of anti-monarchist and civil unrest in the region. A clever move in my opinion. Although it looks beautiful and would be great for spotting it is very excessive considering the Jordanian Government already have an A318CJ and A340-200!
N503JB From Hong Kong, joined May 2000, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7373 times:
Quoting KaiTak747 (Reply 4): My mistake - still, an A318 should do the job. If they need more seats than that they could always charter an A340-200 or A330 from RJ.
King Abdullah II and the royal family very rare to use RJ fleet and normally charter by private jet from the gulf when extra capacity is need. Only the accompany of the royal court would take RJ flight.
Example is last visit for the prince to HKG was by QR excecutive jet.
zkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1887 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 10 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6548 times:
Quoting KaiTak747 (Reply 1): He clearly didn't want to be seen spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a new jet during a period of anti-monarchist and civil unrest in the region.
The irony being that the Jordanian Royal Family's finances are significantly more separated from that of the state than most other mid-east states. The A340-600 is registered VP-CDD (used to be JY-ASX). I believe it is currently stored in Basel.