Bthebest From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 525 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7685 times:
Many times there's been the discussion about why the British Government doesn't have a (decent size) dedicated VIP transport aircraft for politicians and the Royal Family blah blah blah
with the RAF to receive over the next few years a new fleet of A330 MRTTs would it be conceivable that some could be adaptable for VIP transport? Surely it wouldn't be that hard to create sets of business style seats to replace the high density troop transport configurations when required? It's not like it would have to be a dedicated aircraft and military operations could take priority.
or another thought....could they retain one or two of the VC-10s or Tristars (probably Tristars) and convert them to VIP transports. Mike look a bit outdated but beats getting delayed on a scheduled flight!
dimik747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7406 times:
im not sure about the A330 MRTT, but i know that a number of countries have used regular 330s as VIP aircraft, and im not sure arriving in a tanker aircraft is much more glamorous than arriving on a commercial aircraft.
Quoting queb (Reply 3): On their website, there are no mentions on the possibility of transforming into VIP aircraft.
The first line in the link states the number of passengers presumably for the seating arrangement shown without the need for reconfiguration. Special kits could be ordered to transform a section of the cabin for VIP transport.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13320 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 7007 times:
Quoting Bthebest (Reply 7): At some point in the future then maybe - the potential is there.
I have a feeling nothing will be done though until there is some security issue, by which time it might be too late...
Best thing then is a get a R/R powered A330-200 or two, ex airline, white tails, whatever. Fit secure comms, infra-red decoys, don't bother with tanker gear but use them for;
1) VIP if there is a heightened security issue for a charter.
2) Training for the tankers, thus making the most use of the actual tankers for their actual missions.
3) Provide a supplement to the general transport fleet / quick reaction airlift for casevac/disaster relief.
Not that they will, no doubt the crews will exhorted to do 'more with less', or some other buzz word they heard.
USAF336TFS From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1445 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6603 times:
Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 10): However, isn't the USAF compensating EADS for that prototype frame, or are they just writing it off as a lost bid expense?
I don't think the U.S. Air Force owns that aircraft. EADS does. If anything, any "penalty" payments due (Which to my knowledge there aren't) are owed to Northrop, not Airbus. Remember, Airbus was the subcontractor then. Either way, that bird is just sitting there collecting dust, much like it's competitor's KC-767 prototype at Paine field. Heck, they even took the American-made GE engines off it!
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