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Tony Blair's Version Of Air Force One  
User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5059 posts, RR: 15
Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4660 times:

As I watched the news today and they showed Tony Blair getting off the BA 777 to meet President Bush I wondered......does the British Prime Minister have a special plane for his travels like our President has? He was getting off what looked like a regular passenger 777 of British Airways - do they charter a jet each time he has to travel? How do they keep him safe when travelling on a BA 777?


bruce


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User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4635 times:

He does not.

And there's a big existing thread on this...

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User currently offline777d From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 300 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4622 times:

The PM should ask Boeing for a BBJ.

Perhaps a 757?


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4603 times:

I'd go in style, BA 777 with RR engines, or the concorde!


Go big or go home
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4400 times:

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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4329 times:

Yesterday, Blair was travelling on the B777. Just before landing it got stuck by lightning!

DC-10


User currently offlineNZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4289 times:

Whereabouts on the airplane did the lightning get stuck?
Hope they managed to scrape it off!  Insane


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4262 times:

News just said Blair is heading up to NYC thoday to see UN folks. Don't know what airport, but maybe some photo ops for the New York folks...

User currently offlineDelboy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 725 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4102 times:


Read something yesterday that said one of the Queens Flight 146's had been given a UK civil registration and an ownership change.

Might just be to do with some maintenance??


User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4036 times:

Ha ha NZ767. I meant to say it got STRUCK by lightning.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

DC-10


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5059 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3865 times:

So when BA gives up one of its big jets for the Prime Minister, do they have to re-configure the cabin? I mean, a plane with a capacity of 300 or so is overkill for Blair & his entourage.

Also, these trips lately are on short notice with the war. Does that wreak havoc with BA's scheduling, having to suddenly lose a big capacity jet for a few days?

I think he really needs a private jet. Maybe a Boeing BBJ.

bruce



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3829 times:
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The BA 777's stays as it is for Blair's trips overseas, he always uses the first class seats. And he doesn't travel alone, you have the media gang, his press secretary, various aids and security personnel with him at all times. Maybe Blair does need a some sort of Prime Ministerial jet, he's flown to over 40 countries in the last 2 years!



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User currently offlineAAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1061 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3677 times:

It doesnt cause too much trouble at BA i shouldnt imagine.

As you can probably imagine, they aren't using ALL of their aircraft at any given time, (some more route cuts of late helped see to that).

and i am sure BA are given plenty of noticed.
If time is an issue, and security too, he might use a VC-10 of the RAF, provided they aren't all in use elsewhere.

A^A MD-11


User currently offlineZrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 896 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3648 times:

Blair's plane is supposed to depart Andrews AFB any minute and head up to JFK.

User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3504 times:

We do need something in the UK for thr Prime Minister to fly around in, but after the Labour governments huge waste of money on that big white circus tent, I don't think they want to risk upsetting the voters again by saying they are going to purchase a private jet for the P.M. Although I as a taxpayer wish they would as it's quite embarrasing that he has to charter a normal passenger BA 777 for his travels.

Personally I think a 2nd hand A342 or A332 would be ok for his needs and would go down better with the tax payer than buying a brand new a/c. I think a BBJ would be a bit too small for his needs though.

He has been known to travel with Bmi on scheduled passenger flights too (I know as I met a flight that he came off with Cherie and the kids when I worked there).

 Smile



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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24951 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

A perfect Blair Force One would be an A340-200 or A340-500  Big grin


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User currently offlineAAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1061 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3450 times:

A second hand A332 maybe..
A 763 would be reasonably able (RR engines of course)
Re-Engined VC-10...  Smokin cool

a 777 for PM would be overkill i think..... ditto 744.

And an A345 is wishful thinking  Nuts

A^A MD-11


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3438 times:

I think that it would more likely be an Airbus product rather than a Boeing product, although if recent events are anything to go by, he's closer to the US than Europe at the moment  Big grin

 Smile



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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8018 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3322 times:

I'd wish the British government converted an ex-airline A340-200 for use as a VIP transport.

The plane will then have bedrooms, conference rooms, larger food galley area and an area for reporters to operate from. And it will probably have enough range to fly from the UK to almost anywhere in the world non-stop with the exception of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands.


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