Jewel of the Sky: Late in February 2012, Boeing Co handed over the first passenger version of its upgraded and extended 747-8 Intercontinental to a secret VIP customer, who sent the gleaming, all-white plane along to a modification centre to transform it into the "jewel of the sky." We hear the jet has been headed for an ultra high net worth individual in the Middle East, and some say is the emir of Qatar.
A Reuters report states that VIP customers for planes as large as the 747 often request extensive modifications such as bedrooms or bathrooms to accommodate the special needs of the primary passengers and their entourages. These modifications typically are done outside of Boeing, but the company must sign off on the changes.
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