News JVTech Giant plane: After only 16 flights, the most advanced Boeing 747 in the world ended up being scrapped.
Published on 02/22/2023 at 06:40
This one of the most technologically advanced Boeing 747s in the world only flew 16 times before being demolished in the Arizona desert. This is the story of a huge tragedy.
The Boeing 747 is one of the world's most famous airliner designs, having been built between 1968 and 2022, and it continues to transport tens of millions of passengers every year. In recent years, one of these specular flying machines has suffered a tragic accident. It flew 16 times in all before being demolished.
The first thing that comes to mind is "Why?". To understand it, we must return to the beginning of the story.
A Saudi richman desires a Boeing 747.
The Boeing 747 was the most desired aircraft for a long time, and not just them; many eccentric billionaires have sought to acquire one of these historic jewels in civil aviation, such as the Saudi heir's purchase in the late 2000s.
You should know that a Boeing 747 is always empty to the company who placed the order. When an airline receives a plane, it is responsible for providing it with the number of seats and the equipment it desires. For the crown prince's plane, it was planned to be the same.
A Boeing is preparing to be put on the market.
Sultan ben Abdelaziz Al Saud wanted to get the most powerful Boeing 747 in the world. It is a world-class aircraft and comes with second-generation flexible wings, new General Electric GEnx engines, and many other premium features.
A plane that has never flown with its "owner"
Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud died nine months before the Boeing 747 was delivered; it had been assigned the number N458BJ and had its test flight.
Cirium's principal analyst told CNN that the plane was empty: as it was, it was unusable. He ended up staying in a warehouse at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in France for several years. The Sultan's heirs attempted to sell it for $95 million, but nobody was interested in the costly purchase.
Connor Diver: "The sale of a device to a government might cost up to 50 million dollars."
The end of the journey, and the creation of a stunning mess
Boeing decided to purchase the plane back from its owners for an unknown amount in 2022. The airplane then flew its final stop in Arizona, in the United States, in the following year, after only 16 flights.
Despite the fact that much of the Boeing 747 was originally built, all is not lost.