BBJ 747-8 ‘flying mansion’ landing at LAX is almost surreal

  • Flying Mansion is a nickname that’s sometimes given to the BBJ 747
  • BBJ stands for Boeing Business Jet
  • The BBJ 747 is the largest private jet in the world

Published on Jun 24, 2024 at 2:21 PM (UTC+4)
by Alessandro Renesis

Last updated on Jun 24, 2024 at 4:27 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Nalin Rawat

The Boeing BBJ 747-8 is a sight to behold.

The 747 is massive, and even though a normal 747 and a BBJ 747 are virtually identical from the outside, for some reason it just oozes a certain aura.

This interesting video of a Boeing BBJ 747-8 landing at LAX somehow proves it.

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BBJ stands for Boeing Business Jet, which is basically a version of a Boeing jet airliner modified to be used as a private jet.

In theory, any and every Boeing commercial jet can become a BBJ.

The one you see here, dubbed the ‘Flying Mansion’, has a unique story.

The story behind the Boeing BBJ 747-8 ‘Flying Mansion’

The original BBJ 747-8 ‘Flying Mansion’ was initially designed for the Saudi Crown Prince, back in 2012.

However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Saudi Arabian government never received the plane, and Boeing sent it to the Arizona desert.

The plane reportedly came with a $280 million price tag.

However, the price was eventually slashed to as ‘low’ as $95 million because Boeing just wanted to get rid of the plane.

That’s a lot of money, whichever way you look at it, but for the largest private jet in the world, with a fully customized interior, some people would still use the word ‘bargain’.

Let’s not forget, this is a 467-seat plane that’s now designed to accommodate…. 15 passengers.

That’s why they call it ‘Flying Mansion.’

The supply-demand paradox

No two Rolls-Royce cars are the same, and the same applies to hypercars such as the newly unveiled Bugatti Tourbillon.

This is because, generally speaking, the wealthy want what they want, not ‘what’s available’.

This is the reason why some luxury properties just don’t sell.

Even though the world is full of millionaires and billionaires who could afford it.

Even Michael Jordan found out the hard way, with a home (below), that he’s been trying to sell for over a decade.

But people aren’t buying it because those who can afford to spend eight or nine figures on luxury vehicles or properties want to make sure said vehicle or said property is designed by them, or for them.

Somebody who can afford to spend $95 million on a BBJ aircraft can also afford to spend $300 million.

And they’d probably want to design it themselves, rather than buying a jet designed for somebody else.

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Alessandro Renesis

Experienced content creator with a strong focus on cars and watches. Alessandro penned the first-ever post on the Supercar Blondie website and covers cars, watches, yachts, real estate and crypto. Former DriveTribe writer, fixed gear bike owner, obsessed with ducks for some reason.