The Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah Flies His Own Boeing 747
The Sultan of Brunei, who is famous for being crazy rich, is also a reliable pilot
17 Aug 2019
This was done by His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah himself. The Sultan of Brunei, who is famous for being rich in oil, turns out to be also a reliable pilot.
Even several times during visits to other countries, the Sultan of Brunei himself flew his plane and this was seen by the media when his plane landed, the Sultan walked from the cockpit of the plane to go down the welcoming stairs. In 2013 while visiting the United States to meet President Obama, the Sultan of Brunei flew his own plane across the continent.
"He (the Sultan of Brunei) himself yesterday flew to the US by flying his own 747 plane. I think he is the only head of state who flies his state plane. Later if Air Force One (US Presidential Plane) has problems, I know that I must consult with who," Obama said.
The Sultan of Brunei spent more than $100 million dollars to buy a Boeing 747-430 from Lufthansa. Then spent another $120 million dollars to design the interior of the plane (including the sink) made of pure gold and Lalique crystal. The Sultan of Brunei has a large collection of private jets, including two Airbus A340, Boeing 767 and Boeing 747-430 are his largest aircraft.