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AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:50 pm

AMAC Aerospace is preparing a Boeing BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment following the arrival of the privately-owned VIP widebody airliner at its Basel facility in mid-March.

The Swiss MRO provider says the project will involve updating the “whole interior” and installing the “very latest” in-flight entertainment system and Ka-Band connectivity. The contract, secured last year, also includes a 72-month maintenance check.

A timeframe for the BBJ 747-8’s refurbishment and subsequent redelivery to its owner has not been disclosed.


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Amazing, the Boeing 747-8BBJ feels new to me, but up for refurbishment already. Is this the first one, or have others undergo refurbishment yet?
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:09 pm

If you have the money to spend on a BBJ 747-8, you probably have enough to change out the interior every six years...
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:13 pm

Some of the interior should age well, the entertainment (TVs etc.) not so much, so if I was the owner I'd want something modular so that the entertainment can be upgraded very regularly, without going for a full refurbishment.
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:57 pm

The only 748BBJ that recently arrived in BSL is the Qatar government's A7-HHE. Is it him?
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:23 am

Must be him, though the one in the shot is probably N458BJ, the one B747-8i that got stranded here in Basel because the owner died before the interior could be completed ...
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:08 am

Joelatbsl wrote:
Must be him, though the one in the shot is probably N458BJ, the one B747-8i that got stranded here in Basel because the owner died before the interior could be completed ...



Yes, but I think they used the N458BJ just to illustrate.
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:08 am

ScottB wrote:
If you have the money to spend on a BBJ 747-8, you probably have enough to change out the interior every six years...


I'll wager it's going to be tough to decide wether to stay with the Gold Bathroom Fixtures or go with Platinum this time around.
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:15 pm

Joelatbsl wrote:
Must be him, though the one in the shot is probably N458BJ, the one B747-8i that got stranded here in Basel because the owner died before the interior could be completed ...


What happened to N458BJ ? Planespotters shows it as NTU by the Saudi-Arabian government.

Life must be good when the hardest choice to make is, "What do I need to change in my private BBJ-747 ?" :)
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:09 pm

Well, the Saudi Government is essentially the Royal Family, and not all the members of this family make it to biblical ages so to speak. Also, the days of Saudi Royal visits with dozens of aircraft on the move are long gone. It seemed unlikely, but they have become a lot more pragmatic in comparison to about 10-15 years ago.
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:31 pm

After all, is it known which aircraft is in question?
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:01 pm

Joelatbsl wrote:
Well, the Saudi Government is essentially the Royal Family, and not all the members of this family make it to biblical ages so to speak. Also, the days of Saudi Royal visits with dozens of aircraft on the move are long gone. It seemed unlikely, but they have become a lot more pragmatic in comparison to about 10-15 years ago.


Probably has something to do with sites like A.net making it patently obvious how much national wealth is being hoarded and kept from doing good for the average person, the "John Q. Saudis" if you will.
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:44 pm

glideslope wrote:
ScottB wrote:
If you have the money to spend on a BBJ 747-8, you probably have enough to change out the interior every six years...


I'll wager it's going to be tough to decide wether to stay with the Gold Bathroom Fixtures or go with Platinum this time around.


Dollar for dollar, Platinum wears better than gold. Plus gold Gold, is garish IMHO, but I prefer White Gold or of course I much prefer Platinum.
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:26 am

I think the aircraft in question is green, there is no way that it’s a current one being completely refurbished.. it might be a minor changes for a gifted BBJs (Turkish Republic from Qatar, Morocco from UAE) maybe changing logos or national seals.
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Wed Apr 01, 2020 12:35 pm

Eu estava pensando que poderia ser o 458BJ, pois esta lá a muitos anos, alguém pode ter comprado, e para que possa dar inicio a montagem do interior, antes irão atualizar a aeronave.
Because the only 748 in BSL are the A7-HHF which is still being equipped since 2017 and the N458BJ.
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:48 pm

EduardoL wrote:
Eu estava pensando que poderia ser o 458BJ, pois esta lá a muitos anos, alguém pode ter comprado, e para que possa dar inicio a montagem do interior, antes irão atualizar a aeronave.
Because the only 748 in BSL are the A7-HHF which is still being equipped since 2017 and the N458BJ.


Correcting, because I do not know why it came out in Portuguese.

I was thinking about how the 458BJ could be, because many years ago, someone may have understood and can start assembling the interior before upgrading an aircraft.
Because the only 748 in BSL are the A7-HHF which is still being equipped since 2017 and the N458BJ.
 
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:09 am

RWA380 wrote:
glideslope wrote:
ScottB wrote:
If you have the money to spend on a BBJ 747-8, you probably have enough to change out the interior every six years...


I'll wager it's going to be tough to decide wether to stay with the Gold Bathroom Fixtures or go with Platinum this time around.


Dollar for dollar, Platinum wears better than gold. Plus gold Gold, is garish IMHO, but I prefer White Gold or of course I much prefer Platinum.


Well thought out, fact based response. I'd go with Platinum, however my 748 BBJ was just refurbished with all stainless Kohler Fixtures as the budget was getting tight. :checkeredflag:
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Re: AMAC readies BBJ 747-8 for refurbishment

Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:29 pm

glideslope wrote:
RWA380 wrote:
glideslope wrote:

I'll wager it's going to be tough to decide wether to stay with the Gold Bathroom Fixtures or go with Platinum this time around.


Dollar for dollar, Platinum wears better than gold. Plus gold Gold, is garish IMHO, but I prefer White Gold or of course I much prefer Platinum.


Well thought out, fact based response. I'd go with Platinum, however my 748 BBJ was just refurbished with all stainless Kohler Fixtures as the budget was getting tight. :checkeredflag:



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