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American airline companies landed their last passenger 747 jet into retirement last year citing higher costs of flying this aircraft in comparison to modern widebody twin-engine aircraft designed for the same purpose.

Is it possible to buy a passenger version of the Queen of the Skies (747-8) for use elsewhere if the costs of flying are not a problem and profitability in light of buying second hand compared to much expensive new aircraft? Will the FAA allow this if the aircraft is airworthy and for how long will Boeing keep maintaining its aircraft in terms of manufacturing spare parts and supporting it?

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    $\begingroup$ why do you think the FAA would care? As long as you have the paperwork to operate it and pay your taxes and other fees they couldn't care less what you own. $\endgroup$ – jwenting Mar 22 at 6:30
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    $\begingroup$ If you're in the upper millionaire or billionaire region of wealth and you fancy a 747, go ahead and do it. As long as you follow the proper regulations for private jets, there is no reason why you couldn't buy and fly a 747. $\endgroup$ – Adwaenyth Mar 22 at 8:48
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    $\begingroup$ The oldest 747-8 is only ~8 years old. It's not that second hand ones aren't occasionally offered up for sale, but if you're restricting yourself to the -8, don't expect a lot of great deals. $\endgroup$ – Zach Lipton Mar 23 at 17:48
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Sure, the 747 is a Type Certified and airworthy aircraft, the FAA does not really care who owns it so long as they play by the rules. Boeing even sells them directly to the private market via their BBJ line.

There are even a few used ones listed for sale right now.

Some people even buy them for other purposes than flying them...

for how long will boeing keep maintaining its aircraft in light of manufacturing spare parts and innovating it

this is impossible to speculate on as its their decision ultimately but considering how many 747's there are you will be flying it long into the future.

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yes you can get them for cheap as 250K USD in Dubai https://www.emiratesauction.com/en/Cars/sitem.aspx?randid=124597

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    $\begingroup$ You can buy a stripped, worn out 747 airframe for 250K. Do NOT expect flyable for that price. $\endgroup$ – Carlo Felicione Mar 23 at 15:05
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    $\begingroup$ The question specifies a 747-8. That's a 747-200. $\endgroup$ – Nate Eldredge Mar 23 at 15:22
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    $\begingroup$ For sure, the 250K is not include even one of the engine as all the engines will cost million dollars. $\endgroup$ – AirCraft Lover Mar 24 at 1:04

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