Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 71 Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2709 times:
Germany's Chancellor (as well as the president) is flown around in an A310... although, sometimes they also use Canadair Challengers (for example when Schröder flies home to HAJ it's, as far as I know, not always the A310).
FlyCaledonian From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2022 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2456 times:
ZE701 is also used by Tony Blair (UK PM).
The aircraft forms part of 32 Sqyadron (The Royal Squadron) that also operates BAe 125 Jets. I believe that there used to be two 146-100s until quite recently.
For L/H official trips QE2 and the PM both used to use a specially configured RAF VC10. I recall seeing on Airport a couple of years ago the aircraft at LHR to take Tony Blair abroad. When it came in empty its call sign was "Kitty". When it left with the PM on board it was "Kitty Hawk".
These days BA 777's tend to be used for official trips, though the Prince of Wales make frequent use of Privat Air 757s.
On a side note as QE2 is head of state for several countries. When she makes official trips to those countries other arrangements are made. Thus when she visited Australia last year a QF 744 was used, while on a trip to New Zealand a couple of years back a NZ 744 was used.
The Nigerian president has been trying for years to purchase an A340, thankfully the Senate has refused to allow the President do so. The plane still looks like its got a good number of years left in it.
Admit it, you could care less about the continent Africa!
Sheikh Maktoum of Dubai also has one (A6-SMM) but with PW engines, and the various UAE Emiri flights also have some 767s and an assortment of bizjets. Abu Dhabi Emiri flight also once had an A300 which was written off after a hard landing, not sure what became of it.
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2233 times:
Would be really cool if someone had any INTERIOR shots of these govt. VIP airliners, aka our taxes at work. I can understand these would be difficult to get of current aircraft for security reasons and such (of course there are old Air Force Ones in museums), but sure would be interesting to see what's in there.
Bongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1861 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (9 years 11 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2088 times:
Colombian president bought a B737, which will be here in our Country very soon (US$30 million plus USD$5 million in "little things") but until this baby arrives...He's using a Fokker (70 I guess) called "la Cafetera" (The coffee maker) and a B707 ...both very very old.
MDE: First airport in the Americas visited by the A380!