Johor Sultan's new Boeing plane arrives in Senai

JOHOR BARU • The Johor Sultan's new Boeing 737 aircraft, painted in gold and blue, touched down at the Senai International Airport on Monday after flying in from the United States.

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, 57, was at the airport to view and tour the aircraft after it landed at about 1.30pm.

The plane bears the royal Johor crest on its tail and the royal and state flags on its body.

According to aircraft monitoring website Flight Radar 24, the plane earlier travelled from Los Angeles to Hawaii before leaving Honolulu last Saturday.

The plane will be parked at the royal flight hangar at the airport, where the ruler already has several aircraft and helicopters.

Sultan Ibrahim said his latest aircraft, which could accommodate between 25 and 30 people, would be used to promote Johor. "I want to travel the world like my ancestors who once travelled around in ships," he said.

He said he could take along government officials on his trips. Asked whether he could fly the aircraft, the qualified pilot replied: "I will go for my simulator training in Brisbane before I fly this plane."

Sultan Ibrahim said he had not yet made plans for his maiden trip on the plane, "but I might just take a flight to Penang for nasi kandar".

He also hoped to take the less fortunate to Mecca for their haj pilgrimage on his plane.

The plane is equipped with a dining room, bedroom, shower and three galleys.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2016, with the headline 'Johor Sultan's new Boeing plane arrives in Senai'. Print Edition | Subscribe