FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7313 posts, RR: 60 Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2968 times:
Sarkozy is not a "Prime Minister" but is, unfortunately, the President of the French Republic.
He used one of the A319CJ "Republique Française", which is quite surprising... Considering the size of his ego inversely proportional to its capacities, I would think he would have used one of the A340-200 ...
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10350 posts, RR: 40 Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2752 times:
He took one of the "GLAM" planes. I think they changed the name of the fleet of planes that are exclusively for the use of the French president and government. They may have taken off the name but they are still being used the same way at the president and governement's leisure I suppose. I have no idea if it is Air France pilots who are commissioned for these flights.
Before Sarko and the missus' flew to Heathrow this morning on a state visit they went away to Morocco for Easter to spend the weekend in a palace in Marrakech. I wonder what kind of plane they took to go on that private trip. We have heard nothing, they kept it quiet.
At least they can no longer steal a Concorde for their own use and there are no AF A380s available yet.
There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
FlySSC From France, joined Aug 2003, 7313 posts, RR: 60 Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 4): He took one of the "GLAM" planes. I think they changed the name of the fleet of planes that are exclusively for the use of the French president and government
The GLAM "Groupe Liaisons Aeriennes Ministerielles" doesn´t officially exist anymore since 1995. It was stopped to reduce the "expenses" of the Government.
It is replecd since then by ETEC = "Escadron de Transport, d´entrainement et de calibration" ... which does exactely the same job... at the same (huge) cost.
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 4): I wonder what kind of plane they took to go on that private trip. We have heard nothing, they kept it quiet.
He probably flew the Falcon 900EX F-HBOL of his so good friend Vincent Bolloré, as usual ...
Jamesontheroad From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 519 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2541 times:
Apologies for downgrading Monsieur Sarkozy from his correct title to Prime Minister...
Proof that it is still easier for a European 'airline' to find a slot at LHR on a busy Wednesday morning than a US airline
I too am bemused that he didn't use this first official visit as a chance to take the Eurostar into St. Pancras for the first (?) time... that would be the first opportunity a French president has had to take the train to London and arrive in a station that doesn't remind him of Britain's greatest victory over the French