Nijltje From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 241 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12639 times:
Hello all I just noticed a BA 777 at the abelag stand in BRU, I assume that this is to transport Blair for the EU top... why is he using a 777 to fly from London to Brussel? It has to be a massive cost, no?
Gkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25187 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 12606 times:
Quoting Nijltje (Thread starter): Hello all I just noticed a BA 777 at the abelag stand in BRU, I assume that this is to transport Blair for the EU top... why is he using a 777 to fly from London to Brussel? It has to be a massive cost, no?
He's on his way to Australia
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
OyKIE From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2783 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 12212 times:
Quoting Nijltje (Reply 8): Is Bush taking his 747 to travel 200 miles?
There is another thread. Blair and 60 others are flying nonstop to Melbourne today. It would have been pointless in flying in on a 737, only to ferry the larger 777 for the next flight.
Give the head of states some break. There are always a reason for what they do. It is not a pissing contest. Edit: Mine are bigger than yours.
Bush uses the 757 on shorter routes, but to a less extent, than his predecessor Clinton. When protecting the US president there are very strict rules, and there are allot of security people there to protect him. People have a nasty habit of shooting the presidents and other VIPs when their life's are miserable.
Stratofortress From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 178 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11987 times:
I dont understand why people make such a big deal about heads of state using large aircraft to get around. Could they do it for cheaper? Probably! But in the big scheme of things, amount of money spent on VIP travel is peanuts. So what if Bush flies on a 747, and Blair takes 777 around? The money saved if they flew on a 757 or a 737 would be insignificant.
Here we go again. Blair is not a "head of state". He is a Prime Minister, who is normally the leader of the political party that has the greatest majority in the House of Commons. The Queen is the head of state in England & Wales, and Blair is her servant (although both Mr and Mrs Blair would like you to believe it was the other way round).
Quoting Beany (Reply 14): He will be at the closing ceremony although thats not the reason he is going
Just like you tell your missus that you are popping out to buy a pint of milk, and then call at the pub!
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
Concorde001 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1231 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11886 times:
Quoting BCAL (Reply 18): The Queen is the head of state in England & Wales
What about Scotland and Northern Ireland?!
Her Majesty is head of state of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland! England and Scotland have shared the same monarch since 1603 - that's 104 years before the Act of Union between England & Scotland. Sorry if I seem rather pedantic but I feel compelled to speak up for the home nations, particularly Scotland as there is a tendency to forget about them! I'm not Scottish, but nonetheless it is important not to forget the home nations!
JoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 573 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11849 times:
Quoting OyKIE (Reply 10): Bush uses the 757 on shorter routes, but to a less extent, than his predecessor Clinton. When protecting the US president there are very strict rules, and there are allot of security people there to protect him. People have a nasty habit of shooting the presidents and other VIPs when their life's are miserable.
Never heard of common sense??? Don't tell me he's using the 747 to protect his security... And BTW our life isn't miserable... you can live with less better than who "lives" with a lot of money sometimes...
Ripcordd From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11789 times:
The president needs his 747 its the flying white house he can do everything from it. If something should happen he could be airborne and still do his job thats the reason for the 747. When Clinton was in office we had not been attacked on our own soil yet so 757 would be better off. The Britts should think about goverment plane or planes for the PM
: Or - since the thread is about a flight to Melbourne - what about Australia? And then Queen Elizabeth is also head of state in Canada and . . . Well
: Hey, if that silly old queen of theirs can have a 777 for her trip to Australia, then why can't Tony? At least he's on government business - - what ne
: A fee earning engagement! How dare she! Chuck her down a well! Burn her at the stake! Evil witch.
: She is the Australian head of state. So I guess she has as much right in Australia as Bush has in Washington DC. So . . . Oh! Yeah! I see what you me
: I would like to see the USAF dump the 742s as AF1 and move over to 772 or 773 (one of each perhaps). The size of the White House Press Corp is the re
: If that very silly president of yours can have a 747 then I have no problems with Tony having a 777!
: Actually that clown of a president of ours has two 747s (which boggles my mind)! Fortunately he doesnt get to take them with him after he's finished!
: It's funny. Blair takes a flight, gives people the excuse to bash Bush or America instead. Yeah. If only they had 3 VC25s, your diatribe might be vali
: I only made a snide remark against your president in response to the remark made against our Queen! My apologies if anyone is offended.
: And I made fun of both - so we're all level again.
: They also have the ugly 'flying Pentagon' which accompanies the 2 VC25's on international trips. That's 3 747's.
: Keep in mind that our wonderful president didn't buy the 2 747's. They were already there when he arived so don't blame him for flyin around in them!
: The Preident of the US does not fly on the 757, ever, unless both of the VC25 go technical or are in maintenance. The VP does, as the First Lady as we
: He used the 757 to fly to Detroit last year.
: I think you got it the wrong way around. Tony Blair is Prime Minister of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland while the Queen is the Head of the Co