Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

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Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by Abbas Ali » Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:35 am

On August 28, 2016, a Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 as VIP flight with Saudi Second Deputy Prime Minister, Second Deputy Prime Minister & Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud onboard arrived at Benazir Bhutto International Air Port (BBIAP) - Islamabad / Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Base Nur Khan, Chaklala.

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Apparently a classic Boeing 747-300 with rotating red beacons.

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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by CoyBoy » Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:37 pm

I wonder why they dont use the 747-400 it never flies anywhere since it was converted to VIP configuration around 2010, this 747-300 is from the 1980s, the 747-8 BBJ ordered and built has been put up for sale in the US where its parked in a desert.
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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by AbdulAziz » Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:01 pm

Abbas bhai any confirmation that it was B743 as since long time it replaced with B744 which was previously HZ-AIZ
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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by Abbas Ali » Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:19 pm

^ AbdulAziz, to me it looked like older 747-300 because of rotating red beacon lights but its wingtip was not clearly visible due to night. Clear view of wingtip would have helped in identifying/confirming model series of this 747.

I think newer 747-300s and all 747-400s have flashing red beacons.

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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by CoyBoy » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:23 pm

It is 743 http://cdn-www.airliners.net/photos/air ... .jpg?v=v20 compare upper deck windows configuration with the VIP 744 http://cdn.airplane-pictures.net/images ... 360486.jpg

Glad to see the 744 is active, thought they had stopped using it.
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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by Abbas Ali » Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:46 pm

Maybe the aircraft that visited Pakistan was Boeing 747-3G1 registration HZ-HM1A built in 1983 seen in this photo taken in June 2016.

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Saudi Arabian Royal Flight B747-3G1 HZ-HM1A by Globespotter, on Flickr

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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by CoyBoy » Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:15 pm

Want the VIP 743 a Combi? not seeing side cargo door in either of the pics, or do they have another one.
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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by Abdulrafeysiddiqui » Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:48 pm

It could be 747SP as Saudi Airlines have one for VIPs

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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by Abbas Ali » Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:10 pm

^ 747SP doesn't have stretched upper deck.

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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by umar744 » Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:15 pm

Yes Saudi VIP have three 3 747SP and 1 747-300 and 1 747-400 but late King did order new 747-8 but withdrawal after Late King passed away

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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by CoyBoy » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:32 am

They also have ordered 773ER yet to be delivered.
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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by LegalEagle » Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:42 pm

From the two pictures (night time) it is not clear whether it is HZ-HM1 (747-400) or HZ-HM1A (747-3GR1). Usually HZ-HM1 is dedicated for the King while other 747s can be used by either Crown Princes (as there are 2 of them) or other members of the Royal Family whom are authorised for certain flight on the 747-SPs. Apart from 747s there is one 757, which is a medical aircraft, one MD-90 with 36 first class seats and One 777-268 in use. Royal Court will get one 777-368 as well in near future and a A330. Apart from the said aircraft now they have two (02) A340s (HZ-HMS2 & HZ-124), once Airbus A318elite (HZ-RCA) and recently purchased Gulfstream G650 (don't understand as to why King needs a G650).

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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by LegalEagle » Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:43 pm

With regard to 747-8i it was never ordered by the Royal Court or the King, it was purchased by late Crown Prince, now the aircraft is in storage for sale with interior's PDR executed.

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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by LegalEagle » Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:44 pm

CoyBoy wrote:They also have ordered 773ER yet to be delivered.
The 777-368 is from the Saudia fleet, which will join Royal Court after delivery and proving flights.

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Re: Saudi Arabian Boeing 747 VIP Flight Visits Islamabad

Post by LegalEagle » Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:46 pm

umar744 wrote:Yes Saudi VIP have three 3 747SP and 1 747-300 and 1 747-400 but late King did order new 747-8 but withdrawal after Late King passed away
With regard to 747-8i it was never ordered by the Royal Court or the King, it was purchased by late Crown Prince, now the aircraft is in storage for sale with interior's PDR executed.