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British Airways 777 At SFO?  
User currently offlineXpfg From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 633 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9125 times:

Hey all,

I just flew into work this morning at SFO and saw a BA 777 over at Superbay, more towards the AA side. Anyone have any idea what it's doing here? The way it's parked is usually how special charters are for VIP's.

Any ideas?

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User currently offline4everRC From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9116 times:

Prime Minister Blair arrived yesterday afternoon.


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User currently offlineGeo772 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 519 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9103 times:

Tony Blair is doing something in California this weekend, he went there after a meeting with Bush - hence the BA 777


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User currently offlineLentini2001 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9065 times:

If somebody could just lock him in a cell in Alcatraz and leave him there with his gold-digging wife, that would be wonderful.

User currently onlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2926 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9028 times:

I guess Tony Blair is in town for the Dore Alley leather street fair this weekend.  Smile

User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9010 times:

Quoting Lentini2001 (Reply 3):
If somebody could just lock him in a cell in Alcatraz and leave him there with his gold-digging wife, that would be wonderful.

???!!!???
Cherie Blair earns more than Tony does, thus Tony must be the gold digger  Wink



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User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9010 times:

I'm sure this has been discuss it before...but doesn't UK have a private plane for the PM? If so...why he's always flying on BA 777?


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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24938 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9010 times:

Quoting Bongo (Reply 6):
I'm sure this has been discuss it before...but doesn't UK have a private plane for the PM? If so...why he's always flying on BA 777?

Well, he could use the Royal Flight, but I doubt a Bae 146 can fly UK-USA without making at least 6 stops  Wink



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User currently offlineThering From Brazil, joined Jun 2006, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8950 times:

The UK governement does not have a VIP transport airplane? They charter BA's planes?


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User currently offline4everRC From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8895 times:

Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 4):
I guess Tony Blair is in town for the Dore Alley leather street fair this weekend.

SO I should expect to see him being led around on a leash by a big leather daddy in a Bush mask?!?!?!?



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User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8869 times:

Quoting 4everRC (Reply 9):
SO I should expect to see him being led around on a leash by a big leather daddy in a Bush mask?!?!?!?

ouch.....


Maybe he's doing the Napa Valley wine tour, I hear its very nice.


User currently offlineStarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8840 times:

Since the end of Concorde,

Blair uses a BA 777 or charters the Privatair A319.
Depending on the number of PA's and press-jetters he's got flying with him.



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User currently onlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7570 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8740 times:

Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 4):
I guess Tony Blair is in town for the Dore Alley leather street fair this weekend.

or

Quoting Juventus (Reply 10):
Maybe he's doing the Napa Valley wine tour,

Actually he's meeting with Senior Executives of Rupert Murdoch's News International. His (Murdoch's) support for Blair and New Labour has been wavering just recently with News International's tabloid UK newspaper, the Sun, sometimes being critical recently. So I guess the real reason for visiting the USA at this time was not to see George Bush (who has little influence over Blair's and New Labour's future) and too discuss the Lebanon but to meet with the News International guys who have a strong influence on British voters who, of course, are paying for the cost of that BA 772 at SFO.


User currently offlineAirlinebrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8675 times:

They are meeting in Pebble Beach in the Monterey area. Interesting that Clinton and Gore (Democratic Party) will be there and not Bush. I thought Murdock's FOX News Network was all about the Republican Party..... 24/7.


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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8560 times:
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Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 11):
Since the end of Concorde,

Blair uses a BA 777 or charters the Privatair A319.
Depending on the number of PA's and press-jetters he's got flying with him.

Suggesting that Concorde was used previously?



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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8515 times:

How long will the 777 be here for? I would LOVE to take some photos if its going to be here for another day....


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User currently offlineLentini2001 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8509 times:

Quoting Thering (Reply 8):
The UK governement does not have a VIP transport airplane? They charter BA's planes?

Yo! Blair is always hinting at having his own plane, which the English press have already nicknamed 'Blair Force One'


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8469 times:

"Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister, arrived in San Francisco Friday evening as part of a five-day trip to the Golden State. The Tony Blair visit marks the first to California by a serving British leader, according to published reports.

Blair is expected to dine today at the Russian Hill home of former Secretary of State George Shultz. On Sunday, Blair will to join San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in a tour of the Delancey Street Foundation -- the bay area-based drug and substance abuse program.

Blair's visit to California has a little bit of everything:, reports the San Francisco Chronicle, "serious environmental discussions, business meetings, a foreign affairs speech -- and a star-powered, incredibly eclectic gathering of world thinkers, leaders and luminaries in posh Pebble Beach.""

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_21231130.shtml

does anyone know if the plane will be properly visable from within/outside the airport?



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User currently offlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2080 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 8455 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 17):
does anyone know if the plane will be properly visable from within/outside the airport?

I just got back from SFO and saw it parked over near the SuperBay. When the PM departs, I would say he will use the 28s.

A little off topic but when the PM is on board, what is their call sign?



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User currently offlineBoysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 940 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8414 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 5):
???!!!???
Cherie Blair earns more than Tony does, thus Tony must be the gold digger

Yes she does, but the issue with Cherie is that she earns extra cash from playing on the fact that she is the wife of the prime minister. Being Mrs Blair, sorry Booth, she appeared at a cancer charity fundraiser in Australia, however it is alleged that the charity paid her a fee to attend on top of expenses (I bet she didn't fly Y class either!).

Quoting 4everRC (Reply 9):
SO I should expect to see him being led around on a leash by a big leather daddy in a Bush mask?!?!?!?

Haha, yeah that would be right!


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8410 times:

Quoting Legacyins (Reply 18):
I just got back from SFO and saw it parked over near the SuperBay. When the PM departs, I would say he will use the 28s.

A little off topic but when the PM is on board, what is their call sign?

Thanks for the info...if I go to spot on the day he departs, I should be able to get their calls sign, but I might go tomorrow since its easier for me to spot on a Sunday rather than a weekday....



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User currently offlineFlyDreamliner From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2759 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8379 times:

Quoting Airlinebrat (Reply 13):
I thought Murdock's FOX News Network was all about the Republican Party..... 24/7.

I dunno, Rupert Murdock gave glowing praise to Hillary Clinton in an interview not too long ago....Murdock is savvy, I'm sure News Corp will follow the political pulse of the nation.

Quoting Lentini2001 (Reply 16):
Yo! Blair is always hinting at having his own plane, which the English press have already nicknamed 'Blair Force One'

Too bad he'd never get to fly on it at this point. In the US we couldn't do that, because we'd never be able to decide whether the president should fly on United or American, or perhaps Southwest?

I find it impressive BA has enough spare 777s to just be able to hand him one whenver it's needed.



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User currently offlineBoysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 940 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8373 times:

Quoting FlyDreamliner (Reply 21):
I find it impressive BA has enough spare 777s to just be able to hand him one whenver it's needed

Yeah I agree, however it's used fairly regularly and recently made a none-stop trip from BRU-MEL which is quite impressive! I guess they ordered an extra one and charge the government accordingly.


User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8348 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 15):
How long will the 777 be here for? I would LOVE to take some photos if its going to be here for another day....

I bet you would.. Heck, it's your favourite plane right before the NW A330.  biggrin 

Too bad I'm not in the left coast otherwise I'd have driven down to SFO to check it out.


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8284 times:

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 23):
I bet you would.. Heck, it's your favourite plane right before the NW A330.  biggrin 

Damn right TinkerBell...damn right... biggrin 

Quoting TinkerBelle (Reply 23):

Too bad I'm not in the left coast otherwise I'd have driven down to SFO to check it out.

Damn, that would have been great if you could of.... thumbsup ...

...don't worry though, if possible, I'll get enough photos to make you feel as if you were there.. biggrin ....



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25 VV701 : It's not just for Blair! BA is a commercial beast. And recently on a trip to South Africa Blair did not charter a BA aircraft. Instead he chartered a
26 Post contains images Jyatlantic : Yep, saw the 777 at SFO on UA 901 and took this picture:
27 Sfo212 : I believe the aircraft leaves Monday morning.
28 Rdwelch : Thanks JY Gus.
29 Post contains images TinkerBelle : You are the man
30 Boeing727flyer : Well I hope Labour pay British Airways for the use of that Boeing 777.
31 LHR777 : It's a BA operated aircraft, the callsign SHOULD be "Speedbird xxxx" usually a 4-figure number, ending in 'C'. Like BA9843C. We use C for charters, E
32 RobTrent : I thought the call sign was Sparrowhawk when the PM is aboard, but i'm not sure if that may just be for RAF flights. Regards R
33 Post contains images Jacobin777 : lol..thanks...I'll be on my way out in a little while to hopefully get some good shots..... ....
34 Lentini2001 : They wont. BA will pick up the tab.
35 Boysteve : Really? do you know for sure? I would have thought that the UK tax payer picked up the bill as BA would charge the government a lease fee
36 VV701 : Yes. The government - i.e. we tax payers - will pick up the bill. However the media travel with Blair and the government charges them getting some of
37 Post contains images Xpfg : The 777 is still here, but is being serviced as we speak. It is scheduled to leave around 1330 local time, and will depart for LAX as BAW9131. Just a
38 Post contains images Goomba : I saw it when I landed last night at 11:15pm local time. I was wondering what it was doing here seeing as BA flies only 744's in here. Thanks for shed
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