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Prince Harry Flew On EasyJet To EDI  
User currently offlineMCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 546 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 16774 times:

I've just stumbled upon this article, and thought I'd share. Apparently Prince Harry flew U2 to EDI in order to attend Zara Philips' wedding this past weekend. While I commend him for traveling on a commercial flight, I certainly hope that he had a security detail with him as well. I'm surprised he didn't fly LHR/LCY-EDI, traveling to (presumably) to LTN would have been a pain from central London.

http://celebrity.uk.msn.com/news/gos...icles.aspx?cp-documentid=158735876

Does anyone know if Harry is the first senior member of the royal family to fly commercial - or even *gasp!* an LCC?

Cheers,

MCO 2 BRS

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User currently offlinerobso2 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2010, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 16775 times:

Quoting MCO2BRS (Thread starter):
. I'm surprised he didn't fly LHR/LCY-EDI, traveling to (presumably) to LTN would have been a pain from central London.

could have been from LGW which is easier to get to from central London than LTN.

Quoting MCO2BRS (Thread starter):
While I commend him for traveling on a commercial flight, I certainly hope that he had a security detail with him as well

It is surprising but also a trend... Seems David Cameron is a FR flyer!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-Ryanair-40th-birthday-Malaga.html



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User currently offlineGT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1794 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 15 hours ago) and read 16645 times:

Beatrice and Eugene flew to IBZ on Easy last Summer. David Cameron a couple of times this year.


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User currently offlineCainanUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 551 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 14 hours ago) and read 16419 times:

And the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew back to MAN on BE. No lie!

[Edited 2011-08-01 19:39:30]


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User currently offlinemcg From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 822 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 13 hours ago) and read 16265 times:

I know that a few years ago a member of the Royal Family flew F9 DEN-ASE.

User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3638 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 10 hours ago) and read 15966 times:

Quoting robso2 (Reply 1):
Quoting MCO2BRS (Thread starter):
. I'm surprised he didn't fly LHR/LCY-EDI, traveling to (presumably) to LTN would have been a pain from central London.

could have been from LGW which is easier to get to from central London than LTN.

I believe he's based at the Army Air Corps depot at Wattisham at present, if so STN is the nearest airport.


User currently offlinegarpd From UK - Scotland, joined Aug 2005, 2687 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 10 hours ago) and read 15903 times:

Quoting MCO2BRS (Thread starter):
While I commend him for traveling on a commercial flight, I certainly hope that he had a security detail with him as well.

Like his deployment to Afghanistan proved, if the press don't get wind of it or are given a gagging order, it is perfectly ok for the royals to travel unaccompanied. Same for anyone.

[Edited 2011-08-01 23:19:19]


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User currently offlinejonnyclark From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2011, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 10 hours ago) and read 15833 times:

The Queen has flown BA first class many times. Their BAE plane can't do the hop across the Atlantic without a few stops, so it normally travels ahead, and then the Queen will book out the entire first class cabin and travel in there. It's very common for Royal families to travel commercial craft.


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User currently onlineUALWN From Andorra, joined Jun 2009, 2875 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 15682 times:

Quoting MCO2BRS (Thread starter):
Does anyone know if Harry is the first senior member of the royal family to fly commercial - or even *gasp!* an LCC?

The queen of Spain flew Ryanair Santander-Stansted a couple of years ago, for a private visit to her brother.



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User currently offlinerobbie86 From Sweden, joined May 2006, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 15618 times:

Princess Madeleine of Sweden went with FR last year, don't remember where though.


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10907 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 15560 times:

I am sure Prince Harry must enjoy flying on commercial flights. He is a cool chap. Wish I could have him as seat neighbour on one of my flights!

Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie of Monaco and their children fly on Air France from Nice to Paris and Strasbourg. They sit in Economy and board the aircraft at the same time with everybody else. They have been doing it for years. The only difference is that they wait for their flights in the AF lounge and go to the gate at boarding time.

Prince Albert used to do the same thing - we know of his flings with stewardesses - but not anymore especially not after he got married. The Prince and Princess now use the Principality's two Falcon 900s. They also serve for government travel.

I don't see why royals should not be using commercial aviation on their travels. The Queen and Queen Mother flew on board British Airways Concordes a number of times.

     

[Edited 2011-08-02 00:36:14]


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User currently offlinekl911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5237 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 9 hours ago) and read 15550 times:

Whats wrong with flying a LCC? People here talk like its a disease.

I find FR, U2, W6 etc etc comfortable enough for 2 hours max flights, and LCC's have normally a much faster checkin and better ontime record. And free seating which is absolutely a must for me.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 20751 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 15446 times:

Quoting MCO2BRS (Thread starter):
Does anyone know if Harry is the first senior member of the royal family to fly commercial - or even *gasp!* an LCC?

Prince William has been flying Economy for a couple of years now:

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report...nomy-in-times-of-recession_1243641

"When the 26-year-old prince flew off to Courchevel for a skiing holiday with his girlfriend Kate Middleton and her family earlier this month, very few people got to know that he sat among the economy passengers on the British Airways Heathrow to Geneva flight."



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User currently offlineskipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3292 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 14962 times:

He flies commercial or he doesn't fly. The old BAe146s don't have the range or flexibility to go all that far and their use is discouraged on cost grounds. The days of 10SQ flying VIPs around on spare VC10s are long gone as the RAF transport fleet is VERY busy fighting two wars !

User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 2990 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 14766 times:

Quoting jonnyclark (Reply 7):
the Queen will book out the entire first class cabin and travel in there

BA take out the seats and fit the 'Royal Suite' which includes beds, tables etc IIRC...


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7641 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 14483 times:

Quoting jonnyclark (Reply 7):
The Queen has flown BA first class many times. Their BAE plane can't do the hop across the Atlantic without a few stops, so it normally travels ahead, and then the Queen will book out the entire first class cabin and travel in there. It's very common for Royal families to travel commercial craft.

When Queen Elizabeth travels long haul as either Queen of the UK or Head of the Commonwealth she has always flown in a chartered BA aircraft. That aircraft has then been used for any intermediate flights before it brings Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip home. To my knowledge no aircraft from 32 (The Royal) Squadron has ever been flown out for use for short haul flights to anfd from from a long haul destination.

Neither does the Queen always use the small aircraft flown by 32 Squadron on short haul State Visits. So, for example BA A319 G-EUPN was chartered on the State Visit to Italy in October 2000 (when it also flew several Italian internal legs) and 'PW on the State Visit to Norway in May 2001. Similarly BA A320 G-EUUO was used both for the State Visit to France in April 2004 and for the Queen to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting(CHOGM) in Malta in November of that same year..

Before a long haul flight the BA Royal Suite (which includes two full-size single beds, an oak table and four chairs (not seats)) is fitted in the F Cabin. An appropriate number of seats at the rear of the Y cabin are removed to create space to store items that will be required on the flight. These items will include the clothes that will be worn by the Royal Party on arrival.

Up to and including the Royal State Visit to Ghana, South Africa and Mozambique in November 1999 the Royal Suite was fitted in a 763. The full details on that occasion illustrating the use of a long haul aircraft on shorter flight segments are:

BA B763 G-BNWH:

24 Oct 99. MAN-JFK (BA1503). JFK-LGW (BA2172).

25 Oct 99 To B A Maintenance Heathrow for painting and fitting of Royal Suite after ferry flight LGW-LHR (BA9181P).

7 Nov 99, HM Queen Elizabeth boarded at LHR. LHR-ACC (BA9135C).

9 Nov 99 ACC-JNB (BA9136C).

Subsequently three flights within RSA including flight to Durban to attend the CHOGM and also to CPT (BA98137C/38C/39C) (JNB-CPT-DUR-JNB? or JNB-DUR-CPT-JNB?).

15 Nov 99 JNB-MPU (BA9140C) and MPU-LHR (BA9141C).

16 Nov 99. To BA Maintenance LHR for removal of Royal Suite.

22 Nov 99 ferried LHR-MAN.

23 Nov 99 MAN-JFK (BA1503) returned to scheduled service

Since that date long haul charters on behalf of Queen El;izabeth have been flown by BA 772s. 'Internal ' flights at the destination country have been flown by the same aircraft. So, for example, on the State Visit to the USA in May 2007 G-YMMG was fitted with the Royal Suite:

BA 772 G-YMMG:

28 Apr 07. Last scheduled flight (PEK-LHR - BA038)

29 Apr 07. To BA Maintenance to be fitted with Royal Suite.

3 May 07. LHR-RIC (BA9148C) charter flight with Royal Party.

4 May 07. Repositioned to ??? - anyone know where? - as BA9149C to collect Royal Party. Then ???-LEX (BA9150C) for Kentucky Derby.

6 May 07. LEX-ADW (BA9151C) with Royal Patty

8 May 07. Departed ADW for LHR (BA9152C) very late (departing 2301 local) with Royal Party.

9 May 07 Arrived LHR. To BA Maintenance for removal of Royal Suite

12 May 07 Returned to scheduled service (LHR-BLR BA119).


User currently offlineMCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 3 hours ago) and read 14324 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 15):
When Queen Elizabeth travels long haul as either Queen of the UK or Head of the Commonwealth she has always flown in a chartered BA aircraft. That aircraft has then been used for any intermediate flights before it brings Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip home

This is how I've always understood them to travel. I've never heard of Her Majesty and His Highness traveling on a commercial flight with a converted F cabin. As for Charles, and the boys I always thought they'd fly on one of the BAe 146's (I think those are still around?) for short haul, and military transport/BA charter for state visits.

This is just the first time I've ever heard of senior UK royals traveling commercially.

Quoting kl911 (Reply 11):

Whats wrong with flying a LCC? People here talk like its a disease.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with them flying LCC, I'll admit I'd expect them to fly BA, BD or VS over BE or U2. As I said at the start of the thread, I commend him for traveling on a commercial flight.

Cheers,

MCO 2 BRS


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 2 hours ago) and read 14196 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 15):
Before a long haul flight the BA Royal Suite (which includes two full-size single beds, an oak table and four chairs (not seats)) is fitted in the F Cabin.

It's odd that they need to fit a special set of seats and tables, especially in First. Isn't there enough space per person as it is? Her PA could sit on the otterman.

Regards travelling on LCCs, the press like to give the impression of them turning up for a flight like anyone else. The reality is they are normally surrounded by 12 bodyguards, ones you can see and ones you can't. I believe they need to be kept safe I just wish the media would give up trying to fool us otherwise.


User currently offlineDC3fan From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2011, 17 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 1 hour ago) and read 13272 times:

Quoting CainanUK (Reply 3):
And the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew back to MAN on BE. No lie!

Prince William has also flown into and out of MAN on Air Southwest on numerous occasions.


User currently offlinebraynfeeble From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 months 1 hour ago) and read 13198 times:

How common! Wonder why they need a Canadian Govt. A310 to fly around Canada then (at our expense)?


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User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (3 years 3 months 1 hour ago) and read 13168 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 15):
6 May 07. LEX-ADW (BA9151C) with Royal Patty

Royal Patty? Is she the Queen's American cousin?

  


User currently offlineMCO2BRS From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 3 months ago) and read 13096 times:

Quoting braynfeeble (Reply 19):
How common! Wonder why they need a Canadian Govt. A310 to fly around Canada then (at our expense)?

Likely use of the A310 is limited to official State visits, whereas flying as a private individual its expected they pay for their own travel (be it commercial, or private jet).

Cheers

MCO 2 BRS


User currently offlineHeathrow757 From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 months ago) and read 12876 times:

Any pictures of this BA Royal Suite?

User currently onlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2016 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 months ago) and read 12531 times:

Well after all the military flights Prince Harry would have done in the back of Tristars, Hercules, Pumas and Merlins, Easyjet would be the lap of luxury  

And unlike on FR, he won't be featured in one of O'Leary's 'hilarious' adverts!



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User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2174 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (3 years 3 months ago) and read 12395 times:

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 23):
nd unlike on FR, he won't be featured in one of O'Leary's 'hilarious' adverts!

So FR bashing is common on EZY threads now aswell?  


25 Post contains links and images sq_ek_freak : Its now being reported that William and Kate flew back to MAN on FlyBe and were picked up on the tarmac by a car and driven away. They apparently che
26 vfw614 : Wonder if Royals tavelling on commercial flights wait at the gate together with Joe Doe? If the Cambridges or Windsors travel on BA, I guess they will
27 Post contains images SirThomas : We need pictures of this 'Royal Suite'! I still think that the UK should have a long haul aircraft for the government/Royals though.. If the Frogs do,
28 slinky09 : Not true, if she is invited by the host country, then they supply the transport. Just as Canada supplied the aircraft for the Duke and Duchess of Cam
29 qf002 : That is very true - the rest of the plane is also usually offered for sale to the media following the trips at a competitive rate to help cover the c
30 GT4EZY : Well i did wonder this myself and whilst i'm definitely no expert I assume they are as they're the queen's grandchildren. However, once the queen die
31 brilondon : The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew around Canada in a BBJ from the CAF as well. Don't fret about the money, the government would have spent it an
32 type-rated : The Queen traveled BCAL twice. They removed some F seats and put up a divider in the front cabin of the DC10. I know an F/A that worked that flight. I
33 LH4116 : She's a pretty frequent "guest" on SAS's ARN-EWR flights. According to a well known Swedish evening newspaper, seat 1A is always reserved for her on
34 sq_ek_freak : Hmm you just raised a really good point! Funny to think that they could fluctuate in their rankings within their lifetime. Haha this all sounds just
35 bikerthai : LOL. The Aussies gave our own royal highness (lower case r and upper case O) a free ride. How much publicity did Canada get with the visit? All the A
36 bwaflyer : The Queen flew on board NZ1 to Auckland on 1st Nov 1995 to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference. This was the first routine commerci
37 sq_ek_freak : What aircraft would that have been on at that point?
38 Semaex : You erase U2 from the ontime-record-list immediately, will you! Just how comlicated is it to be fitting an aircraft with a special suite for a couple
39 SKAirbus : I don't really see the significance of Prince Harry travelling EasyJet... He isn't an immediate heir to the throne and to be honest is a lot more down
40 VV701 : When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently visited Canada and the USA it was up to the Canadian government, democratically representing the Cana
41 Post contains links and images MadameConcorde : The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew back from Miss Phillips’s wedding on a Flybe low-cost jet to Manchester. They were travelling with their bod
42 slinky09 : And as the poster above pointed out, she flew to Auckland on a ANZ 747 ... to a Commonwealth summit.
43 sq_ek_freak : Gosh as cabin crew myself I wouldn't know how to react if I saw the manifest and realized those two were on my flight! I suppose its because he's one
44 MD11Engineer : When the Spanish Queen used FR to fly from Northern Spain (IIRC San Sebastian) to STN for a private visit (her brother is AFAIK a doctor in England),
45 UALWN : It was Santander, as I wrote above.
46 Viscount724 : I believe a CAF Challenger was used only for the two sectors Yellowknife - Slave Lake - Calgary, after they made a late decision to spend several hou
47 richierich : I'm not a mathematician, but aren't they fifth and sixth in line to the throne after Princes Charles, William, Harry, and Andrew? I think that counts
48 MD11Engineer : Yes, she was somewhere connected via the Scottish Stuart line. (I´m just reading some books about 15th to 17th century Britain, Henry VIII and his s
49 Post contains images sq_ek_freak : Point well taken. Though the public don't seem to be as taken by them as William, Kate or Harry. Twisted history I'm sure
50 richierich : I believe their horrendous hats got more attention than they did at THE Royal Wedding! And, yes, the Royal Family is a small members-only bunch, with
51 lofty : You would be very surprised how many Kings, Queens and Heads of State us Commercial Flights. It is normally the airline who prefer them to travel in F
52 AirbusA6 : I presume Harry and his minders were allowed on first, though it would be funny to see them running across the tarmac to try and nab some decent seats
53 FlyboyOz : Princess Mary of Denmark flew on Virgin Blue from either Sydney/Melbourne to Hobart.
54 lofty : The UK Royals book via an agency as their names are changed and would have problems with ID etc. That is also one of the reasons for Direct Transfer t
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