Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5036 posts, RR: 16 Posted (11 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4523 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?
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Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3692 times:
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!
Leezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3367 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).
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RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7929 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3185 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.