I am on my way to FTU in Washington this weekend and upon driving into LAX this morning I noticed a 747-8 with Qatar Airways livery parked in one of the VIP slots on the SE side of the airport.
I figured this had to be a special jet for the royal family though the thought of Qatar Airways 747-8 service to Los Angeles with first class nevertheless gave me a thrill up my leg.
Turns out it is indeed an aircraft in Qatar Amiri Flight, which is VIP airline owned and operated by the government of Qatar in service to the royal family of Qatar and other top government staff.
Kuwait Airways also has a 747-400 that typically operates in serivce of its royal family but ocassionally is subbed in on a passenger route, so I suppose there might be an instance in which we could see Qatar’s 747-8 on a commerical flight.
What a beautiful plane!