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Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR  
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13319 posts, RR: 77
Posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 897 times:

If anyone is wondering what that Canadian Airforce A310 is doing parked around the back of the BA maintenance area, (visible from the A30), it's to take the Queen on her state visit to Canada.

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User currently offlineAlpha From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 887 times:

Why doesn't she fly with BA ?

User currently offlineA340-Fan From Germany, joined Apr 2002, 252 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 876 times:

Alpha, maybe because of a securityreason.

User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 873 times:

Damn, I was hoping they would use the Concorde!


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User currently offlineAlpha From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 860 times:

Security reason ? Why ? BA isn't safe ? lol

User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3801 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 852 times:

Because we pay for her to come over here, and so if we are paying its cheaper to use one of our own government A/C then it is to charter a foreign carrier...


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User currently offlineAdmiral Ackbar From Canada, joined May 2002, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 830 times:

We have an air force? Big grin

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13319 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 809 times:

We hoped a few months ago that she'd use Concorde, like the US tour in 1991 when G-BOAB had a VIP interior fitted in the forward cabin for the flights.
But with fewer available aircraft right now, and the high costs (the Royal transport costs come under a lot of scrutiny in Parliament these days), it wasn't going to happen.


User currently offlineA340-Fan From Germany, joined Apr 2002, 252 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 806 times:

What would you do if you were an head of state or a state leader? Will you use a normal flight or an VIP-aircraft?

User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2184 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 798 times:

Bit of a dumb question but the Queens been on CONC right?

BA777


User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13319 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 754 times:

Yes several times, in 1977 she returned from Barbados, out to BGI in 1989 and out to IAD in 1991 for the US tour.
Some Royals flew on the development aircraft prior to service entry.
The Queen Mother was given a special flight for her 85th birthday in 1985.


User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16403 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 739 times:

Her itinerary includes YFB (Iqaluit); there are no Euro flights here. Hence a charter is needed.


Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 715 times:

It's still at LHR and was parked between the cargo area and the VIP suite when I was up there at lunchtime.


Matt



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