The following page are condensed from a deluxe presentation brochure published by The
Boeing Company for the Shah of Iran. The December 1977 proposal was covered in royal blue
leatherette with gold lettering, parchment end and a foldout of the cabin layout. The original
publication featured on a full page with corresponding text opposite. (Museum of Flight Archives)
The Boeing 747SP Executive Airplane for His Imperial Majesty

The Boeing 747SP described in this proposal for His Imperial Majesty is the most
advanced executive jet airplane in the world. The capabilities of the airplane itself
offer His Imperial Majesty global reach – the capital cities of nations around the world
are within non-stop range.

Within a matter of hours, His Imperial Majesty can be anywhere on earth he chooses.

At the same time, a highly sophisticated communications package allows continuous
contact with Niavaran Palace and links the National Executive Authority with military
and civilian networks.

The ship is an airborne extension of His Imperial Majesty’s sovereign territory – a
means to address sensitive international issues on a personal and timely basis, without
turning away from urgent domestic matters.

Iran has the infrastructure required for this advanced airplane.

Iran has extensive experience with 747-class airplanes, and was one of the first
nations in the world to fly the 747SP after it was certified last year. The accumulated
experience, skills, maintenance facilities, spare and other support capabilities already
in place would make the transition to a 747SP executive simple and smooth.

His Imperial Majesty would have the world’s longest-range executive airplane. The
747SP is ideally suited to executive service in which the central requirement is an
international presence – it can fly higher, cruise faster and has greater range than any other jetliner. For example, the executive 747SP designed for His Imperial Majesty could fly 7,000 nautical miles, non-stop. On a flight from Tehran to Washington D.C., the executive airplane would climb to an altitude of 35,000 feet within 30 minutes, cruise comfortably at 501-knot true airspeed, more than 4,000 feet above the relatively crowded commercial air lanes. Flying times would be approximately 13 hours. On a return trip, the 747 SP’s ability to climb quickly through traffic, and to cruise at 37,000 feet, would mean just 11.4 hours non-stop to Tehran.

The communications system is designed to provide direct links to Palaces, the armed forces and civilian authorities.

The Executive ship designed for His Imperial Majesty provides a great deal more than

It is mobile headquarters for a nation, equipped so His Imperial Majesty retains the ability at all times to exercise his responsibilities as the National Executive Authority.

The communications package is based on the concept that His Imperial Majesty wants the same instant access to information he has while in residence.

Two other requirements: He must also enjoy
the same direct communications ability to issue
instructions to individuals in many locations;
and transmissions must provide for privacy.

The executive airplane has instant access to existing systems.

The communications system provides all of these connections: Direct contact with international networksthrough linkages with landlines and communications satellites; VHF, UHF, and HF contact with armed forces,military headquarters, the integrated national command system, naval stations and ships at sea, civilian authorities, intelligence center. A special system connects directly with the palace. Scramblers are included on both voice and teletype systems.

An interior arrangement designed for efficient work and comfortable relaxation.

The executive airplane is designed to make travel hours useful, productive and relaxing. Boeing engineers and designers have developed this unique cabin layout for His Imperial Majesty, drawing on their extensive experience in executive aircraft design, and with a sensitivity to the special requirements of a chief of state. To closely tailor the airplane to specific needs, many options are available within the basic configuration. In any arrangement there can be ample space for privacy for His Imperial Majesty, for the Royal Family, for conference work, for conducting normal business – plus comfortable, jetliner-style for staff and guests.

The Imperial Suite

The suite includes a bedroom, dressing room, and an office / reception area.

His Imperial Majesty’s quarter are in the forward compartment of the ship for maximum quiet and privacy.

Access is tightly controlled: There is no trafficflow around the suite, and there is ample room for rest, study and relaxation in an area deliberately isolated from staff quarters and conference rooms.

The design is intended to help insure that His Imperial Majesty has both the comfort and the rest needed to remain refreshed in the course of conducting international business, even when long distances must be travelled.

Fixtures and appointments for the dressing room are designed to approximate the standards to which His Imperial Majesty and the Royal Family are accustomed.

The intent is to produce a travel environment with the least possible disruption of normal living patterns, permitting full concentration on the mission to be accomplished.

Quarters are roomy, comfortable, with many options in color, texture and materials.

The office and reception area of the Imperial Suite is designed specifically for business. A private work area is built into the forward of the office, with a comfortable seating area included to permit brief, casual conferences with staff members. An adjacent area is designed for conferences on a more informal level and for staff work related to His Imperial Majesty’s own activities in the office area.

The upper deck provides a secure area for the communication center.

The nerve center of the airplane is the upper deck – the cockpit and
communications center. The location isolates the operators and equipment. Access stairs are designed to provide control of traffic to and from the center, and to give His Imperial Majesty access to command areas without moving through other areas of the ship.

Conference and dinning

A spacious conference room – approximately 18 by 25 feet – is next to the office/reception area of the Imperial Suite. This arrangement permits conversion of the space from work room to dinning area so that it may be used as a formal entertainment area should His Imperial Majesty wish to host guests while visiting a foreign country.

At His Imperial Majesty’s command, military and civilian information received in the communications center can be channeled directly to his own office or the conference room.

When used for conferences, the audio-visual equipment permits slide, films, and videotape display. Live on board video is an attractive growth option.

Executive Office Stateroom

The executive ship includes office space for staff executive – a private, secure area where sensitive staff work can be conducted.

This area also can be a stateroom for use by His Imperial Majesty’s special guests.

Guest and Staff Seating

The aft section of the main deck is divided into two cabins with airline-style for the comfort of staff and guests. Many configurations are possible, with various combinations of seating arrangements. The aft section includes galley and lavatory facilities adequate for up to 56 passengers.

Cargo Capabilities

The holds provide abundant room for luggage, gifts, food, medical supplies or other cargo. Each hold can accommodate a car size of a Mecedes 450 SEL so His
Imperial Majesty and staff have the comfort, convenience, flexibility and security of personal ground transportation at all destinations.

As an executive airplane, the 747SP offers His Imperial Majesty the support of advanced transportation and communications technology in dealing with important matters that influence both the domestic fortunes of Iran and the course of world affairs.

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