just a guess, but i wonder if she purchased a global express. N540w was in Montreal last month, and a new plane n54sl has done the mdw - sba run. Coincidence or not, but harpo inc reserved n540sl with the faa in 4/06.
I have been wondering the same thing now for a few weeks about her G4. she took N772BC to South Africa over new years so was wondering if she bought a BBJ but after following it for a short time quickly realized she just used it for that trip. I am beginning to think that she has something to do with that Global.
Yes, Oprah has a new airplane. She bought it back around June and it was just completed and turned over to her when she got back from Africa.
She has done one trip in it out to the west coast. After dropping her off, her pilots took it out for some additional practice … SBA-VCV-SBP-SBA. She flew back home to Chicago yesterday.
This all stems from an incident she had in her GIV a year ago on the way to Hawaii. They struck a bird and had to return to California. Complete nonevent, but Oprah was never comfortable in her GIV after that and ordered the Global shortly thereafter.
Her GIV went to SAV for a refit before being sold. It was getting a little long in the tooth.
Frankly, I’m quite surprised she didn’t buy a new GV (or G550 I guess it is now). Much more prestigious airplane if you ask me.
It seems like she was making a fair number of fuel stops in her G-IV. It makes sense for her to upgrade to something with more range.
I was always curious why she would typically make a very short stop in HNL before heading to OGG, as well as commonly going to SBA then flying on to SBP and leaving the a/c there. Lack of ramp space at SBA maybe?