Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 848 times:
The Concorde makes a good television prop. It leaves Blair looking stylish on the TV news, and benefits BA's public relations department, which is looking for some good publicity to boost confidence in the aircraft.
As soon as we see Tony Blair bounding up the stairs -- without using handrails on the advice of his advisors, to convey an image of youthfulness and energy -- expect Jacques Chirac to do the same in Paris.
Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 804 times:
EGFF wrote: "stick him on a 757 for 9hrs or so or even better, a 737-(200) bwahaha..."
Or maybe even one of the Queen's BAe 146s, with two or three fuel stops along the way.
Prime ministerial travel has really changed a lot in the past century, from the days when Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the Canadian prime minister, had to ride streetcars on his way to and from work. Somehow I doubt we'll ever see Tony Blair standing in front of Westminster, bus pass in hand, except as a one-time publicity stunt.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12715 posts, RR: 80 Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 787 times:
No details on timings, or even if it will happen. We've been told to prepare. It should happen the same day as BA's JFK flight, but probably much later in the day. So extra pressure on us. Three modified aircraft, a standby required for both flights.
But BA will welcome the money, plus of course the PR.
Give Blair a break, he's done loads of flying recently, why not cut his journey times when possible? He's had a very hectic schedule recently, so a real time saving will actually be welcome, and no jet-lag!.
Likely he will go to Andrews AFB, as he did in 1998.
We do refer to these flights as 'Blair Force One'.
Anyway, events in the world could yet change things.
The news was broken by the BBC website, and they still cannot properly describe what happened to the AF aircraft on the 25th July 2000.
So we'll see....
YKA From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 766 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 688 times:
Right, lets burn 300 000 punds of fuel in the atmoshpere to haul some politicions ass to the US. Screw preserving the ozone layer, if one guy is aloud to make more damage to the enviroment in 3 hours then the average person does in a lifetime why should anyone care at all?
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12715 posts, RR: 80 Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 684 times:
Right, let's quote from a US goverment study into the effects on the Ozone layer from SST's, done after the cancellation of the Boeing B2707, so probably carried out in the hope of knocking Concorde.
It found that for any noticeable degredation of the ozone layer there would have to be 125 SST flights EVERY DAY over the same area for at least 15 years.
Glad to see you're worried about ozone depletion, so you will be campaining against or boycotting DuPont, Union Carbide, ICI to name a few.
NASA had also better stop using Solid Rocket Boosters on the Shuttle too.
Blair won't be on his own, apart from the usual press pack, very likely members of the UK's senior defence staff will also be on the trip, it does have a rather important purpose.
RIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1785 posts, RR: 1 Reply 17, posted (11 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 599 times:
VS744, they are the world biggest producers too. Much less laugh now, I believe... but I'm, too, very tired of this "politicions ass", ... stupidity here. There are plenty of other forums for this kind of garbage - and let's keep this one clean.