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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 14:59
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Smile United Arab Emirates B747-SP

Today (02Jan) I was a United Arab Emirates B747-SP in BNE. Does anyone know what it's doing here, and when it's leaving? Thanks.
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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 17:33
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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 17:51
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The leaving part sounds rather painful.
Luckily though you're only an SP!!
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Old 3rd Jan 2004, 00:40
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Does anyone know what it's doing here
OK, I'll have a wild stab in the dark.
Carrying pax perhaps?

sorry, couldn't help myself
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Old 3rd Jan 2004, 06:07
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My humble opinion is that it may be the Emirates Cargo 747. As the Emirates Passenger fleet is 777's, A330's and A340's. The only other thought would be that it may be the 747 that the Dubai royal family have, but that flys under a Dubai callsign. I didn't think the Emirates cargo 747 was an SP but I'm not sure.
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Old 3rd Jan 2004, 07:09
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Ok ok, I SAW it, not was it. Simple error. As per my subject title it was a United Arab Emirates B747, not Emirates the airline. 2 different things, so it obviously couldn't have been carrying normal pax. Here is a pic of it:


http://www.airliners.net/open.file/483092/M/
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Old 3rd Jan 2004, 07:43
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a/c is part of the UAE Royal flight
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Old 3rd Jan 2004, 12:29
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Old 3rd Jan 2004, 12:38
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Been their a while, before Xmas when l passed through.

Nothing to do with EK though.

Abu Dhabi royal flight l think. And not a freighter either.

Since it's not a -400 it may only be minions out there, and possibly for the Magic Millions? Maybe anyway.

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Old 3rd Jan 2004, 14:50
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Royal Flight based in Dubai, they have two 747SPs. At least one of them ex Lufthansa, very low hours. They also operate three 737BBJs.
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Old 3rd Jan 2004, 16:09
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Wasn't it here last year.

They were at the Gold Coast on holidays. I think it may even had a post on PP.
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Old 3rd Jan 2004, 20:49
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Maktum bin Rashid al-Maktum, prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai is an avid horse racing fan and has a very elaborate stud farm by the New England Highway in NSW and is a regular visitor to Australia. His private transport is Dubai Air Wing, the royal flight.
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Old 4th Jan 2004, 15:55
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Scrub the beach. Insert Magic Millions thoroughbred horse sales.
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Old 5th Jan 2004, 13:37
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For those interested,

A plain white B742F supposedly belonging to "Dubai Air Cargo" or someone similar rocked up at YPPH last night, around 1300ish UTC.

No markings (not even a rego), only a few windows upstairs that hadn't been blocked out, and all white. Looked like a bit of a drug runner at first sight, actually.


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Old 6th Jan 2004, 22:28
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HRH Sheikh Zayed was indeed on board, but now gone to KL for a drop in to see some mates.

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Old 7th Jan 2004, 02:54
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Fascinating, HotDog ; how many -SP's did Lufthansa operate in their prime?

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Old 7th Jan 2004, 05:57
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Sheikh Zayed departing Dubai under a Dubai callsign? Then KL via Perth? I don't think so, Tim.
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Old 7th Jan 2004, 08:21
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Feather#3 sorry, as far as I know, Lufthansa did not operate the 747SP. Dubai Airwing A6-SMM was out-fitted to the Royal Flight standard by Lufthansa- Technik. Airwing in fact still operate two more SPs; A6-SMR (the one seen at YBBN) and A6-ZSN.

A6-SMR Prod. No. 21961
A6-SMM " 21963
A6-ZSN " 23610.
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Old 7th Jan 2004, 08:33
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Talking

Quick!!! Someone get hold of Luke Butler. He just loves these SP's !!!!!!!!!
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Old 7th Jan 2004, 13:08
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The white 747 comes into Perth transporting horses so it is probably connected. The 747SP also called into Perth prior to heading off to BN. The Sheik probably wanted to call into the Magic Millions office over the other side of the car park to the Ascot Tavern. .. or was it the other way around?

Bloody long way to go for a beer.


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