Some history about the Qatari Royal family Al Thani and the purchase of 747-8I/BBJ aircraft.
In total three (3) 747-8BBJ were originally ordered by the Al Thani family. One aircraft was later purchased (UAE ntu)
The first two (L/N 1439 and 1449) were ordered in 2006 by the ruling Al Thani members
L/N 1449 was privatly used by Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Than after he resigned from the thrown in favour of his son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in 2013..
The third (L/N 1468) was ordered by the former Emir of Qatar (father of Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Than) and stationed at BOH (UK)
The fourth (L/N 1495) is a UAE NTU and bought in 2017 by Qatar and is presently still in BSL for outfitting.
Most probably L/N 1449 will be disposed of with the introduction of L/N 1495.
L/N 1439 - 747-8KB , RC002, serial number 37544, BBJ customer Qatar Amiri Flight , test registration N5022E, registration A7-HHE, white livery, F/F Jan-30-2012, Delivery date Feb-27-2012, Delivery flight (A7HHE-CYVR-KIAB) date Feb-28-2012. Greenpoint Technologies Aeroloft cabin has been installed at Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems (GTES) in Wichita, Kansas, Ferry flight to Hamburg at Aug- 29-2012, Cabin outfitting at Lufthansa Technik (LHT) in Hamburg, Germany. Aircraft spotted outside hangar at December 30 2014. First test flight after VIP interior completion at May 07 2015. Further functional test flights at June 10, October 15, November 10 and 26. Customer acceptance flight (QAF403)at December 10 2015. Ferried to Victorville (QAF013) for paint at December 17 2015. Official LHT delivery was at January 07 2016. Returned to HAM at January 14 2015, Delivery flight HAM-DOH January 26 2016. AMAC Aerospace in BSL signed a contract in March 2020 for maintenance and further upgrades : https://www.amacaerospace.com/euroairpo ... ch-2020-2/
During this next maintenance visit also a Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-24(V)N Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems will be installed.
L/N 1449 - 747-8KB , RC005, serial number 37075, BBJ customer Qatar Amiri flight, leased from Lewiston Investments, A7-HJA , selcal CE-JM, white livery, F/F March-31-2012, Delivery and delivery flight (A7HJA-CYVR-KIAB) date April -25-2012. Greenpoint Technologies Aeroloft cabin installation completed at Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems (GTES), Wichita, Kansas. Ferry flight to Basel-Mulhouse(LFSB) at November 09-2012. Cabin outfitting performed by completion center AMAC at Basel, Switzerland, First test flight with completed interior at Dec. 19 2014.(still white livery). Ferried from BSL towards FCO for paint at May 22 2015. Returned to BSL at July 01 2015 in Full livery. Re-registered A7-HBJ (user initials : Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani ) at July 9 2015. Customer delivery flight BSL-DOH(Doha) July 13 2015. Aircraft for sale by AMAC at July 07th 2020, see : https://www.amacaerospace.com/unique-ai ... iguration/
L/N 1468 - 747-8ZV, RC008,serial number 42096, Lessor : Worldwide Aircraft Holding Company – Bermuda, Customer : Former Emir of Qatar (Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Muhammed Al Thani), registration VQ-BSK (VQ-B = Bermuda / SK = Sheikh Khalifa), full “old style Qatar “livery, Roll-out November 08-2012, F/F December 13 2012, Delivery date December 20-2012, Delivery flight (VQBSK-CYVR-KSKF) date December 21-2012. VVIP cabin outfitting by Greenpoint Technologies at San Antonio (TX). At the same location also an elevator system (Aerolift) and an Aeroloft modification kit has been installed. First test flight performed at October 22 2014. Delivery after cabin outfitting : December 24 2014. Delivery flight Lackland AFB, San Antonio (KSKF) -Bournemouth ( EGHH) January 15 2015. The owner passed away at 23 October 2016 at the age of 84. Ferried February 9th 2018 from BOH – HAM. Aircraft was put up for sale by AMAC. New owner - Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri). Ferried to Istanbul for service by Turkish Government at September 11th 2018. Re-painted and modified at Turkish Technic's HABOM maintenance, repair and overhaul centre in Istanbul. New registration will be TC-TRK.
L/N 1495 - 747-8Z5, RC009, serial number 37501, ordered for the UAE Presidential Flight, Boeing operator identification code : ABD , N974BA, future registration A6-PFB , owner : Boeing Company, white livery, roll out date January 21 2014, F/F February 19 2014, Ferried to Pinal Airpark (KMZJ) at March 12 2014, order was cancelled in September 2016. Ferried to Paine Field at May 17 2017. New customer : Qatar Amiri Flight (Boeing operator identification code : QAF) , N-registration was cancelled at September 12th 2017, A7-HHF, Delivery flight (KPAE-LFSB) date December 10th 2017. VIP Cabin outfitting by AMAC, Basel, scheduled for Q2 2020. During outfitting also a Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-24(V)N Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems will be installed. LAIRCM detects incoming infrared homing missiles and uses an intense laser to dazzle their seekers, throwing them off course. See : https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/96 ... ort-06289/