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Travel Is this the world’s most luxurious private jet? Lightly-used Boeing 747-8 for sale

20:45  14 july  2020
20:45  14 july  2020 Source:   thepointsguy.com

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As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, major airlines around the world are retiring jets and downsizing their fleets now including a 747 according to a listing from Swiss company AMAC Aerospace. a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: (Photo courtesy of AMAC Aerospace) © The Points Guy (Photo courtesy of AMAC Aerospace)

This plane is one of the few 747-8i BBJs (Boeing Business Jets) to ever be built. It underwent a two-year interior design renovation process by AMAC Aerospace before entering service with Qatar’s Amiri Flight in 2015. While technically a division of flag carrier Qatar Airways, Qatar Amiri Flight is responsible for transporting the royal families of Qatar and top government officials.

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Qatar Amiri Flight used to operate two 747-8i BBJs, though one was gifted to Turkish President Recep Erdogan in 2015.The plane for sale (with manufacturer serial number 37075) can seat 89 passengers and 14 cabin crew, a far cry from the commercial version of this plane. Korean Air’s 747-8s are configured to seat a total of 368 passengers, for example.

Of course, there’s really no comparing this jet to anything that’s flying commercially. The plane’s main entrance looks more like a luxury hotel lobby than an aircraft. We wanted to show you the photographs, but do note that we were not allowed to show them without the watermark.

a room with a large mirror: Photo courtesy of AMAC Aerospace © The Points Guy Photo courtesy of AMAC Aerospace

The master bedroom, located in the nose of the jumbo jet, features a full-sized bed. This area can also be reorganized into a medical configuration, with the master bedroom serving as a patient transport unit.

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a bedroom with a wooden table: Photo courtesy of AMAC Aerospace © The Points Guy Photo courtesy of AMAC Aerospace

The upper deck features a large entertainment area, perfect for relaxing mid-flight.

a room full of furniture: Photo courtesy of AMAC Aerospace © The Points Guy Photo courtesy of AMAC Aerospace

The plane also features a guest bedroom and private office. The bulk of the passenger seating is located on the upper deck and in the back of the plane, with seats arranged in a spacious 2-2-2 layout (2-2 on the upper deck) with ample leg room.

a room filled with lots of furniture: Photo courtesy of AMAC Aerospace © The Points Guy Photo courtesy of AMAC Aerospace

There’s no price given on the listing, and interested buyers are instructed to contact AMAC Aerospace for a quote. This plane is practically brand new having flown just over 1,000 flight hours during the course of 297 flight cycles (a cycle is a takeoff and landing). The list price of a new 747-8i is approximately $420 million, before factoring in the expensive customization that went into this plane.

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Even after selling this plane, the Qatari government will still have two more 747-8 BBJs in service, in addition to a handful of A319/320, A330 and A340 aircraft.

If you’re interested in purchasing a 747, this may be one of your last chances. Boeing recently announced that it would be permanently ending production of the storied 747 in about two years when the last 747-8F on order rolls out of its Everett, Washington factory.

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