Looks like the G20 marks the inaugural flight of France's newest presidential jet, an A330-200 nicknamed in France Air Sarko One. With all sort of fuss around the cost of such a new toy etc... which imo is completely legitimate considering the state of the economy and public finances in France.
Anyway, that article below in the respectable Le Monde (in French) mentions that the A330 replaces the existing presidential aircraft, an A319, which suffers from some lack of range, and would have to stop between say, France and Korea.
I was browsing airfleets.net and as I thought, the French Air Force also operates 2 A340-200 and 3 A310s. I also thought the presidential aircraft was one of these recently acquired A340s.... but Le Monde gets me wrong.
So, any idea what these 5 big buses are used for? Did Le Monde get the story wrong or is France actually wasting money on yet a new jet while they could stick to the existing A340 fleet? (And come on Mr Sarkozy, an A330 is a great aircraft but it is just an A330, in no way it beats the beauty of an A340....)
[Edited 2010-11-11 11:47:17]