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User currently offlineTommyy From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 67 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9423 times:

I don't know if this has been posted yet, but apparently the French president did not feel comfortable with his A319 next to Obama's 747 so he decided to take action


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6135778.ece

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User currently offlineSASD209 From British Indian Ocean Territory, joined Oct 2007, 642 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9352 times:



Quoting Tommyy (Thread starter):
I don't know if this has been posted yet, but apparently the French president did not feel comfortable with his A319 next to Obama's 747 so he decided to take action


That aside, it also appears that he needs the extra capacity and capabilities that the used, 10-year old jet could provide over and above the limited facilities that the -319 could provide.


User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6961 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9352 times:

A "ten-year-old" A330-200 from Air Caraibes? Looks like #253 to me. So he'll be flying on PW engines rather than the GE beloved of the French establishment? Oops.  Wink

User currently offlineVHSMM From Australia, joined Jul 2008, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 9301 times:

Doesn't the French Air Force have a couple of A340-200s? Surely Sarkozy could use one of them to pump up his ego?


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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4937 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9120 times:



Quoting Tommyy (Thread starter):
I don't know if this has been posted yet, but apparently the French president did not feel comfortable with his A319

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/military/read.main/90983/



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User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 4937 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 9007 times:



Quoting PM (Reply 2):
Looks like #253 to me.

A post from the linked thread said it was rumored to be F-OPTP (cn 240).....

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User currently offlineGST From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 938 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8948 times:

Are they going to have a patio for the on-board restaurant on the wing? Perhaps a vineyard on the other wing for the full cultural impression when flying into foreign lands?

User currently offlineTaromA380 From Romania, joined Sep 2005, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 8880 times:



Quoting VHSMM (Reply 3):
Doesn't the French Air Force have a couple of A340-200s? Surely Sarkozy could use one of them to pump up his ego?

These are for military transport (pax configuration).


User currently offlineEBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 4 days ago) and read 8129 times:

The A330 is a great airplane and no one will argue that, but for appearance sake, wouldn't the A340 be the better choice for a national leader?


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User currently onlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3685 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8070 times:



Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 8):
ut for appearance sake, wouldn't the A340 be the better choice for a national leader?


For the head of the "grande nation", maybe the A380 would be appropriate  Wink But I guess that would indeed be political suicide.


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