Inside the Boeing 747 PRIVATE JET: Lucky traveller is the ONLY passenger on a £154m ‘flying palace’ that features a master bedroom with en-suite and reclining ‘throne’ seat
Forget Singapore Airlines’ ‘suite class’, forget Emirates’ first-class private cabins – the ultimate way to get from A to B is apparently on board a Boeing 747 ‘private jet’ worth £158million ($200million).
Aviation blogger Sam Chui was invited to be the sole passenger on board a 747 that was previously owned by the Qatari royal family – and he described the journey as his ‘greatest flight of 2019 so far’.
And no wonder, because this ‘head of state configured’ Jumbo is lavish beyond estimation. Its eye-wateringly luxurious features include a master bedroom with a double bed and en-suite, and a conference room with a reclining ‘throne’ seat.
Aviation blogger Sam Chui was invited to be the sole passenger on board a 747 that was previously owned by the Qatari royal family – and he described the journey as his ‘greatest flight of 2019 so far’. He’s pictured here in the plane’s master bedroom
The master bedroom features a double bed with an electronically adjustable mattress
Mr Chui boarded the plane in Hamilton, Canada, where it was being stored, and flew on it to Marana, Arizona – four hours away – where it will undergo a maintenance check.
He revealed the plane’s delights via a video tour that he posted to YouTube.
It starts in the master bedroom at the front of the aircraft where Mr Chui demonstrates how the bed can be reclined at the push of a button and how a TV screen rises out of a desk.
We’re then taken into the en-suite, which is right in the nose.
Mr Chui’s video tour starts in the master bedroom’s en-suite, which is right in the nose of the aircraft
Behold the en-suite’s ‘beautiful’ ornate washbasin. Mr Chui revealed the delights of the VIP 747 on a video tour he posted to YouTube
The plane has an opulent conference room that features a lie-flat ‘throne’ seat
Behold the ‘beautiful’ washbasin, toilet and ‘golden hose’.
‘Everything on the plane is just luxury,’ enthuses Mr Chui.
Behind the master bedroom is an opulent conference room that features a lie-flat ‘throne’ seat.
There’s also an office with a shower room off to the side.
Two of the seating sections have gigantic La-Z-Boy-style chairs, presumably used by the senior members of the entourage
On the video tour, Mr Chui says that the whole experience ‘feels like a dream’
The Qatari royal family owned the jet between 1995 and 2018. It was refurbished in 2004
Two of the seating sections have gigantic La-Z-Boy-style chairs, presumably used by the senior members of the entourage.
We’re also shown a very posh conference-cum-dining room and the ‘economy’ seats at the back, for servants and journalists, which are still plush.
Mr Chui says the whole experience ‘feels like a dream’. Although as there were no cabin crew, he was forced to serve himself drinks and sandwiches.
He added on his blog: ‘I love the B747, I love luxury travel, I love classic aviation, what could be better than flying on a B747-SP?’
747-SP was built in 1979 and was used by Pan Am and United. It’s now awaiting a new buyer
This 747-SP – the ‘SP’ stands for ‘special performance’ – was built in 1979 and was used by Pan Am and United, before being bought by the Qatari royal family in 1995.
They had it refurbished in 2004 and used it until 2018.
The super-rich take note – it’s in great condition and is now awaiting a new buyer…