Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?  
User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2093 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3709 times:

Watching BBC news this a.m......and there's a shot of the Blairs disembarking from a ...corporate DC-9/MD-80?? I presume it was a charter to take them from NYC (UN) to Washington. But what's the DC-9? Would be nice to know its not some oil company's freebie! (tho nothing would surprise me anymore as being `justified' in the War on Terror (WOT?)).  Insane


` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
18 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2093 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

Hang on...it looks like he flew this plane back to Britain. He gets out and into a British reg. Daimler limo.


` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2093 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3625 times:

Here it is. Wonder what range this has.

View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Malcolm Bezzina




` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
User currently offlineCatatonic From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 1155 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3485 times:

your prob thinkin of a vc 10


Equally Cursed and Blessed.
User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5873 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3353 times:

Nope.... that's an MD-80.
I have seen corporate MD-80s here before... I bet they have a pretty good range. I know you could get extra fuel tanks in the -83... maybe that's how this works.


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3282 times:

With it being outfitted in such a role, an additional fuel tank was probably placed in the middle cargo bin, since you don't need all of that bin space for bags.

User currently offlineMd80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2660 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3272 times:

Nice plane Mr. Blair!!!!! You've scored bigtime brownie points with me on this one...  Smile

Of course I am completely unbiased in my opinion.




User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3250 times:

The photo above is of a Maltese-registered aircraft.

I'm having trouble with the coherence of this thread. Or is it just me? The thread-starter above says Mr. Blair traveled from New York to Washington -- which, by the way, people do all day long. Then there is something about a DC-9 or an MD-80. Then there is a question about who such a plane could belong to. Then you talk about oil companies and flying back to Britain.

If you're trying to confuse readers, then you've succeeded. Exactly what is this thread about?



User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3182 times:

This aircraft used to come to SAS in Oslo for maintenance when it belonged to Kuwait Air Force. It is indeed equipped with extra fuel tanks and can easily do Europe-USA nonstop. It's now operated by Austrian airline Jet Alliance.


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Lee Holden






- I am LN-MOW, and I approve this message.
User currently offlineCadmus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

Why on earth would Mr Blair cross the atlantic this way? I find it hard to believe that they couldn't arrange for an RAF or BA plane to be available, since according to Downing Street this visit was arranged sometime ago.


Understanding is a three-edged sword
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2973 times:

Blair wanted it to be very low key, his party and much of the electorate, loathe Bush and are deeply unhappy about UK's involvement in Iraq.
Lets face it, the way things have gone down the crapper in Iraq recently, makes this an even bigger problem for Blair, a RAF aircraft (maybe even a BA one also) would give the impression of a state visit, maybe the operator of the MD-80 also made a better offer cost wise than BA, the last thing Blair wants are headlines about how much it cost to fly him to see Bush.


User currently offlineAirways6max From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2878 times:

It's not Tony Blair's personal plane. Whenever the British Prime Minister travels inside the U.S.--like Washington D.C. to New York, the U.S. Government provides the plane. Always, whenever a head of state is traveling inside another country, the host country provides the transportation.

User currently offlineCadmus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

Airways6max - I've seen that happen with The Queen, but I quite thought the USAF airlifted in a couple of choppers in for your President when he travelled overseas.


Understanding is a three-edged sword
User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2093 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

Worldperks wrote:
The photo above is of a Maltese-registered aircraft.

Austrian.

I'm having trouble with the coherence of this thread. Or is it just me?

Judging by other replies. Its you.  Insane

The thread-starter above says Mr. Blair traveled from New York to Washington -- which, by the way, people do all day long. Then there is something about a DC-9 or an MD-80. Then there is a question about who such a plane could belong to. Then you talk about oil companies and flying back to Britain.

If you're trying to confuse readers, then you've succeeded. Exactly what is this thread about?


Sorry not to interpret the non-Fox-pre-digested news for you.
Blair flew back from the US to Britain on an Austrian registered corporate MD-80. Make of it what you like.



` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
User currently offlineWorldperks From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

Yes. Austrian. Of course.

Now the photo fits in with some of the other posts.

Voodoo, with all due respect, you are reading my comments ex post facto. Nevertheless, the object of your thread-starter seems to have been satisfied, and it did prove interesting.


Worldperks


User currently offlineVoodoo From Niue, joined Mar 2001, 2093 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2529 times:

Worldperks, no worries! Cheers.
-Voodoo



` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
User currently offlineDC9 From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

I could try to confirm this with my ex. girlfriends father who is the chief mechanic onbard OE-IFA



User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

I still think it is really sad that the leader of one of the richest nations on earth has to charter an a/c each time he want's to go somewhere because the larger drinking, kebab eating, Sun readers of this country would have a heart attack if he announced he was buying an a/c for that purpose !!!.  Insane

Surely he could have chartered an a/c from a British Company such as Multiflights BBJ 2.

 Smile




"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2236 times:

It aint the Sun readers he's concerned about, more like the narrow-minded, curtain twitching, NIMBY, bigoted 'Little Englander' moaning, whining, don't know when they are well off, Daily Mail readers!
In any case, this trip was so sensitive, likely he'd have used an aircraft that would draw least attention and not look like anything to do with a state visit, even if he had a personal transport..


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
DC-9/MD-80/MD-88 Seating Question posted Wed May 25 2005 01:03:14 by Lincoln
Any Winglet Kits In The Works For DC-9 (MD-80/90)? posted Wed Mar 16 2005 02:19:31 by Mason
What DC-9/MD-80 At Naples? posted Sun Aug 29 2004 10:50:53 by Scbriml
DC-9/MD-80 With 2-3 Seating posted Wed Jul 28 2004 03:50:30 by 7e72004
DC-9/MD-80 News posted Fri Oct 31 2003 03:01:02 by 717fan
Some DC-9/MD-80 Questions posted Mon Aug 18 2003 00:15:37 by 717fan
How Many DC-9/MD-80 In Africa? posted Thu Feb 6 2003 20:22:40 by 717fan
Finnair DC-9/MD-80 posted Wed Aug 7 2002 19:55:53 by 717fan
Attention DC-9/MD-80/MD-90/717 Fans posted Mon Jul 22 2002 21:31:00 by Boeing757/767
DC-9/MD-80 In Brasil? posted Fri Mar 22 2002 19:00:59 by 717fan