Xms3200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6041 times:
I noticed that Saudi Arabian Airlines 747-468's have two satcom antenna's like the photos below show, all the other widebodies I have seen, have only one. Are there any other airlines that have a dual antenna system like Saudi Arabian, and also, does Saudi Arabian have a unique requirement for the dual system.
NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10055 posts, RR: 11 Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5551 times:
When the 3 Saudi 744s were delivered in 98/99 (already with the double satcom on the back) there was no such thing as onboard internet. I also wondered why they have this feature (I´m pretty sure only one or two of the Middle East rulers private 744s have that double bubbly too). Onboard-internet pioneer Lufthansa have a bigger bubble installed now on some of their 744s).
NA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10055 posts, RR: 11 Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5311 times:
LH got their 744s in basically two batches: D-ABVA upto -VN and D-ABTA up to -TH from 1989-92 and D-ABVO up to VZ and D-ABTK/L in the late 90s up to 2002. The second batch got the Marconi satcom. None of the original batch was upgraded. Thats why you can still tell these aircraft apart.