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For sale sign goes up on Qatari royal’s 747 jet

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Got a spare $1 billion? This 747 from the Qatari royal family’s fleet could be yours.Picture:Supplied

 

HAVE a spare A$1 billion and want the ultimate VIP aircraft?

 

That is what you will need to acquire a Boeing 747-8I VIP aircraft up for sale with just 436 hours on the clock.

 

The VIP 747 is part of the Qatari royal family fleet but they have two and are downsizing.

 

But rather than seating for 400-plus, this one seats just 76 passengers.

 

The 747 was delivered in 2012 but then took two years to fit out at Boeing San Antonio.

 

The cost?

 

Well, the list price is $US400 million or A$555 million but the bespoke fit out can sometimes cost as much as the plane.

 

Then there is the operating cost and this aircraft burns about 13 tons of fuel an hour and then there is the crew cost, hangar, maintenance and the list goes on and on.

 

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The bespoke fit out can sometimes cost as much as the plane.Picture: Supplied

 

So you will not much spare change out of $1 billion.

 

And the list of features goes on as well.

 

It has three galleys – Forward Galley, Rear Galley, and the Upper Deck Galley.

 

And eight loos; two forward, two mid-cabin, four aft, and two on the upper deck

 

However, the interior may not be to everyone’s liking with its Arabian influence.

 

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There’s just 436 hours on the clock.Picture: Supplied

 

The 747-8I is the latest version of the iconic aircraft. Boeing has received orders for 150 of the largest version of the 747 and has delivered 128.

 

In that number are eight VIP 747s and that does not include two Air Force One aircraft that are being fitted out for the US Air Force.

 

Boeing had looked at closing the 747 line down after 50 years of production but orders for the cargo version continue with giant parcel company UPS recently ordering 14 plus 14 options.

 

 

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Pass. The 13 tons/hour fuel consumption 037_yikes.gif.f44636559f7f2c4c52637b7ff2322907.gif is well outside of my recreational flying budget.

 

 

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Got a spare $1 billion?

 

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Boeing had looked at closing the 747 line down after 50 years of production but orders for the cargo version continue with giant parcel company UPS recently ordering 14 plus 14 options.

I have a feeling they will be manufacturing Boeing 747s well after the Airbus A380 will have ceased production.

 

 

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You would think they would have spent a couple of dollars on a paint job

Yes it is a very plain plane, on the outside.

 

 

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Flight Global - PICTURES: Ex-Qatar Amiri 747-8I under sales contractToo late... someone else has it under contract...050_sad_angel.gif.66bb54b0565953d04ff590616ca5018b.gif

The buyer could be Malcolm Turnbull. He has a bit more time now for travelling.

 

 

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