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.