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Two Japan Government 747-400 At YVR?  
User currently offlineYVRSR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6686 times:

I drove past YVR last night and today (July 12th) and noticed two parked 747-400 airplanes. I barely made out the lettering on the planes, but I believe that they are Government of Japan planes, used for the visit to BC of the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

Questions:

(1) Are these indeed Governement of Japan planes used for government officials or are they for the exclusive use of the Japanese Royal Family?

(2) Why are there 2 planes? Do the Emperor and Empress always travel with 2 planes?

Perhaps one of our Japanese friends (or any A-netters for that matter) can shed some light on this.

Thanks,

Satish Reddy

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25452 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6638 times:

Quoting YVRSR (Thread starter):
(1) Are these indeed Governement of Japan planes used for government officials or are they for the exclusive use of the Japanese Royal Family?

(2) Why are there 2 planes? Do the Emperor and Empress always travel with 2 planes?

They are used for official government travel, not just by the Royal Family. I believe they can also be converted to carry military personnel on overseas missions and for emergency evacuation of Japanese citizens during emergencies/disasters etc.

Photo of the former Japanese prime minister arriving for an official visit to the U.S. a few years ago.




They probably have two for the same reason that there are two USAF 747-200s used as Air Force One. I have seen both Japanese government 744s in GVA on various official visits a couple of times.

[Edited 2009-07-12 14:25:05]

User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31055 posts, RR: 87
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6569 times:
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So if the two 744s are in YVR, I take it the Prime Minister and his entourage flew commercial to Rome for the recent G8 Summit in L'Aquila?

Or were they able to get back to Japan time for the Imperial Family to use them to travel to Canada?


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25452 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6534 times:



Quoting Stitch (Reply 2):
So if the two 744s are in YVR, I take it the Prime Minister and his entourage flew commercial to Rome for the recent G8 Summit in L'Aquila?

Or were they able to get back to Japan time for the Imperial Family to use them to travel to Canada?

Looks like he used a chartered JAL aircraft, based on the caption to the photo below on his arrival home, with JAL logo behind him and the woman wearing a JAL uniform, and the fact that his flight landed at HND, not NRT.



Photo caption reads:

Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Aso arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Saturday evening, July 11, 2009 as he returns home after attending the Group of Eight summit talks in Italy. Aso faces a crucial test in a Tokyo municipal election Sunday, seen as a bellwether for a coming national vote in which the ruling party risks losing power after governing for virtually all the past 50 years.


User currently offlineAamd11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1059 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6463 times:

Those two 744s were in YOW on the 3rd or so... they were there when I flew out on the 4th for sure.

Amazing, why did they bring two?!


User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6334 times:

I've heard it's one for the royal family, and one for their entourage. They left them (the 747s) in YVR over the weekend and took a chartered AC 767 over to Victoria/YYJ (like a fifteen minute flight). Ah, the trappings of being royalty...

I got a shot of them touching down in YVR, and then another as they had both flags out as they taxied back to the north AC hangar for the official reception.





Dana


User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6285 times:
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Both aircraft are used when they are used to transport high ranking government officials and the Royal family. You can see in the photo database pictures of both aircraft (20-1101 and 20-1102) almost always taken on the same day in the same place.

User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6252 times:



Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 5):
one for their entourage

I understand this is about 250 persons.



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User currently offlineZBBYLW From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1986 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5743 times:



Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 5):
AC 767 over to Victoria/YYJ

Wow! I guess they had to downsize a bit! Back when the Commonwealth games where in YYJ, AC flew the 744 between YVR and YYJ. I am curious why they did not take their 744 as the runways are really long (esp considering how little fuel they would need - a bit over an hour with reserves). Oh well maybe it was to show good will.



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User currently offlineYYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5632 times:



Quoting Dlowwa (Reply 5):
I got a shot of them touching down in YVR, and then another as they had both flags out as they taxied back to the north AC hangar for the official reception.

Now, how on earth do they deploy those flags between touch down and taxi in to the reception area?


User currently offlineCB97 From Canada, joined Mar 2008, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5587 times:



Quoting YYZYYT (Reply 9):
Now, how on earth do they deploy those flags between touch down and taxi in to the reception area?

There is a tiny hatch on the left side of the a/c right next to the flag anchors. Someone will open the hatch and simply reach up and stick the flags in place. I'm not sure if it's a standard escape hatch or if it's a custom addition for diplomatic a/c...


User currently offlineDlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5559 times:



Quoting CB97 (Reply 10):
There is a tiny hatch on the left side of the a/c right next to the flag anchors. Someone will open the hatch and simply reach up and stick the flags in place. I'm not sure if it's a standard escape hatch or if it's a custom addition for diplomatic a/c...

Interesting... they had them up pretty much right after vacating the runway on to the taxiway.. I guess it's something they do often on these friendship flights, so they must have some practice at doing it quickly...


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User currently offlineDiamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 63
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5548 times:



Quoting CB97 (Reply 10):
I'm not sure if it's a standard escape hatch or if it's a custom addition for diplomatic a/c...

I think it's been pretty standard on 747s since the prototype flew.


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User currently offlineMarcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1799 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5518 times:

Does anyone know why there are fewer windows on the upper deck of this 744?....were these built specifically for the Japanese Government ordered with these many windows?


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User currently offlineCheetahC From South Africa, joined Apr 2009, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5509 times:

The aircraft have a standard escape hatch as well as the standard upperdeck windows, the forward ones are simply plugged.

User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2444 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5150 times:

Aww, why did their government get -400's and we didn't?!  hissyfit 


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