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Saudi Arabian 747SPs In Fleet For Much Longer?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 3:14 am

My jaw dropped when I came across this recent pic in the photo database:
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I thought they were all retired. Any info?
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RE: Saudi Arabian 747SPs In Fleet For Much Longer?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 3:26 am

The Saudi Royal Family uses it I thought? I think they will stay around a while for that reason alone.

When I was 10, my dad worked for Saudia and we were on a 747SP from MAD-JED (replacement for a broken L10), and we were upgraded to first class. I was excited because first class on the 747-300 meant power foot rests. Boy was I disappointed in the 747SP - the first class chair was just like a La-Z-boy.
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RE: Saudi Arabian 747SPs In Fleet For Much Longer?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 3:35 am

There are 3 Saudi SP's, all in Saudi Arabia colours I believe. Only one is operated by Saudi Arabian. It is in passenger configuration. Don't know what routes it is used on, if any. The other 2 SP's are private, one a private hospital and the other VIP config.

It is reasonable that the remaining Saudi Arabian pax SP will pass over to a VIP role soon.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
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RE: Saudi Arabian 747SPs In Fleet For Much Longer?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 4:28 am

Great info guys. Much thanks.

Hopefully this means they will be flying for years to come.
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RE: Saudi Arabian 747SPs In Fleet For Much Longer?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 4:40 am

The Saudi govt has many corporate/govt aircraft, many operated in Saudi Arabian colours.

The Saudi Arabian colour scheme I think is one of the sharpest anywhere. There is a 707, 721, 752 and other VIP aircraft operated in Saudi Arabian colours but used only for VIP flights.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
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RE: Saudi Arabian 747SPs In Fleet For Much Longer?

Sat Jun 26, 2004 2:55 pm


Hi,


All Saudi Arabian 747SP are operated by the Royal Flight division. None are used for revenue flights.

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