Xe787 wrote:UAEflyer wrote:747classic wrote:Very rare picture of N458BJ, Basel at July 7th 2019.
N458BJ Boeing Business Jets Boeing 747-8 by Tamás Zbronkó, on Flickr
Aircraft Data : L/N 1446 - 747-8JA , RC004, serial number 40065 , BBJ customer : Saudi Crown Prince Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabian Government ), test registration N458BJ, future registration HZ-HMS1 , white livery, F/F May-30-2012, Delivery date: June 29-2012, Delivery flight (N458BJ- CYVR-KSBD) date July 9-2012. Owner : Bank of Utah Trustee, Salt Lake City, Utah (Corporation). Was stored at San Bernadino . The Future of this aircraft seems to be unsure, because the Prince passed away at October 22-2011. VIP outfitting contract with Jet Aviation (Basel) was cancelled. Ferried, again with call-sign N458BJ, to Lackland AFB TX at October 06-2012. Ferry flight (N458BJ- KSKF-LFSB) to Basel -Mulhouse at December 28-2012. Aircraft was for sale. N-registration was cancelled, but later assigned again with following limitation “This aircraft's registration status may not be suitable for operation” , applicant : AL-SHIHRI ALI OWAIDAH, 29 AL-ZAWAWI ST, AL BASATEEN DISTRICT , JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia in July-August 2018.
So what is the nearest to reality scenario for this jumbo ? It was for sale for long time , no buyer!!
I wonder who is paying for the parking? It is taking a massive space and the bill should be big to park it there.
Saudi government turned to twin engine fleet, they have 787s and 77W as a new replacement for the royal 747s currently in use.
do they have to fly this bird from time to time to keep the engines up to spec, if it sits to long I wonder how long it will be fly worthy? Sad one cannot see the bird from the street anymore, they have blocked of the main access road about 2 years ago.
Why can't this aircraft be sold to Air China?