Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has presented a Boeing 747-8 as a present to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to a report published on Sept. 13 by Turkey’s state-run broadcaster TRT Haber.
The gift was a symbol of “Thani’s love for Erdoğan” the report said, adding that the aircraft was a special design with “VIP equipment.”
The plane landed at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen airport and joined Turkey’s presidential aircraft fleet, the report said.
The Boeing 747-8 is worth around $400 million. It can normally carry 400 passengers but the gifted airplane is a customized version for 70 people.