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Saudi Arabian At London Stansted

Thu Oct 04, 2001 2:28 am

On Monday, when I was at Stansted at 17:55, I saw a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 777 at the holding point at the runway. Why was this aircraft there?
 
Guest

RE: Saudi Arabian At London Stansted

Thu Oct 04, 2001 4:50 am

Does anyone have ANY ideas?
 
richardw
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RE: Saudi Arabian At London Stansted

Thu Oct 04, 2001 4:53 am

Cargo of some kind possibly?
 
TR
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RE: Saudi Arabian At London Stansted

Thu Oct 04, 2001 4:56 am

I saw it as well as I flew out on SK2502. Wasn´t it parked outside the FLS hanger? Maybe some kind of maintenance? All cargo doors were open at that time.

Cheers
Thomas
 
Dufo
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RE: Saudi Arabian At London Stansted

Thu Oct 04, 2001 5:19 am

I actually saw that 777 taking off while waiting for my flight to Trieste. It was interesting to see that bird at Stansted..

Jernej
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Ikarus
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RE: Saudi Arabian At London Stansted

Thu Oct 04, 2001 5:40 am

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)

Regards

Ikarus
 
Lufthansa404
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RE: Saudi Arabian At London Stansted

Thu Oct 04, 2001 6:09 am

Its not unlikely that it was a VIP transport.
We had Saudi 777 at cologe and 743 at Duesseldorf recently - both some kind of VIP.

Cheers,

Jan
 
Guest

RE: Saudi Arabian At London Stansted

Thu Oct 04, 2001 8:21 am

I think you can see Saudia Arbian's plane all over the world with their Kings, Prince...(the royal family)'s VIP travel  Smile
 
ryanair
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RE: Saudi Arabian At London Stansted

Fri Oct 05, 2001 2:24 am

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!

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