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Saudi Arabian Government
Airbus A340-213X
Cleveland - Hopkins International (CLE/KCLE)
USA - Ohio, August 26, 2011
Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.
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HZ-HMS2 (cn 204) Here's my contribution to tonight's Saudi-fest! This is apparently a rather rare-bird in that it is the only member of the Saudia VIP flight to be painted in standard Saudia Arabian Airlines colors. Perhaps this is to be less conspicuous when traveling abroad in this flying royal palace? Furthermore, this aircraft is a one-off short bodied version of the A340-300, initially made for the Sultanate of Brunei, but it was never delivered. Stored in Hamburg, Germany for ten years, the Saudi Royal VIP flight purchased it in Feb. 2007 and had it lavishly fitted out, only entering service for the first time in summer of 2011 already twelve years old!

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Kenneth Koehn August 27, 2011 at 02:46PM Rating: 9
Thanks for the history on this bird- cool many of us were on hand to document it. I like the pic with the UPS MD-11 and the stacks of Avon plant in the background.