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The largest private jet in the world is sat in an aircraft graveyard in Arizona

Imagine turning a 467-passenger airliner into a private jet
  • The Boeing 747-8I is the largest passenger plane ever built by Boeing
  • It has enough room for over 460 passengers
  • It can fly at Mach 0.88, with a range of 15,000 km

Published on May 14, 2024 at 12:28PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on May 17, 2024 at 6:24PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood

This is the Boeing 747-8I, the passenger version of the 747-8, which is actually the largest aircraft ever made by Boeing.

Over 150 aircraft were built in total, and a good few of them were sold privately and customized to become private jets.

And one of these jets is apparently rotting away in the Arizona desert.

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When we think of private planes, we generally think of the type of the smaller jets that Cristiano Ronaldo or Taylor Swift might use.

But the fact of the matter is, in theory, virtually any aircraft in the world can be turned into a private jet.

Both Boeing and Airbus have customization programs that allow you to do that directly through them.

However, on most occasions, buyers rely on third-party companies, which is what happened with the gigantic aircraft that Saudi Arabia used to ‘chauffeur’ soccer players around.

The same thing applies to the stunning plane customized by jet interior specialist, Cabinet Alberto Pinto.

As for this Boeing 747-8I (the I actually stands for Intercontinental, by the way), this is the world’s largest private jet.

The plane had originally been built for the Saudi Arabian Government, but it appears the Saudi Crown Prince never actually took delivery of it and, after spending around three years in Germany, it was sent back to Boeing.

In 2012, the aerospace company parked the plane in a graveyard in Arizona and left it there.

At the time of writing – per the Federal Aviation Administration – the plane is still owned by Boeing.

The 747-8I has enough room for up to 467 passengers in a three-class configuration and a range of over 9,000 miles – or 15,000.

Just imagine what it must be like to turn a 467-person plane into the world’s largest private jet for a dozen people.

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