HZ-AIJ. Boeing 747SP-68. c/n 22750-560.


 

This was the second Boeing 747SP ordered by Saudi Arabian Airlines for use on its very long range routes, notably the proposed non-stop service from Jeddah to New York. The contract to purchase this aircraft was signed with Boing in March 1981. It was the forty-second B-747SP to be constructed and was powered by Rolls Royce RB211-524CS engines. It was rolled out at the Boeing plant at Everett on March 29, 1982.

 

Carrying the Boeing test registration of N6046P it flew for the first time on April 13, 1982. Entered onto the Saudi Aircraft Register as HZ- AIJ it was handed over at Paine Field on May 25, 1982 configured to seat 18 First Class, 26 Business Class and 222 Economy Class passengers. With the addition of the second 747SP new long range routes were opened, including a Dhahran - New York service.

 

When the new Boeing 747-400s were added to the Saudi fleet, the long range passenger carrying roll of this aircraft was made redundant. It was transferred to the Saudi Royal Flight on January 01, 1991 for the exclusive use of the Saudi Royal Family. Conversion to a V.I.P. aircraft was then carried out.

 

Over the years this aircraft has been used as a VIP transport for members of the Saudi Royal Family and their guests and has been observed and photographed at many varied locations. It still earns its keep flying to this day in the current livery.

 


 

HZ-AIJ. Saudi Arabian Airlines - in the original livery at an unknown airport, April 1988.
HZ-AIJ. Saudi Arabian Airlines - in the original livery at an unknown airport, June 1989.

HZ-AIJ. Saudi Arabian - in the new livery at Los Angeles Airport, February 2003.

HZ-AIJ. Saudi Arabian - in the new livery at Paris Orly Airport, September 2005.

HZ-AIJ. Saudi Arabian - in the new livery at an unknown airport, February 2008.