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Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 1:53 am

If anyone is wondering what that Canadian Airforce A310 is doing parked around the back of the BA maintenance area, (visible from the A30), it's to take the Queen on her state visit to Canada.
 
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 2:11 am

Why doesn't she fly with BA ?
 
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 2:23 am

Alpha, maybe because of a securityreason.
 
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 2:28 am

Damn, I was hoping they would use the Concorde!
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 2:39 am

Security reason ? Why ? BA isn't safe ? lol
 
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 2:47 am

Because we pay for her to come over here, and so if we are paying its cheaper to use one of our own government A/C then it is to charter a foreign carrier...
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 3:47 am

We have an air force? Big grin
 
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 5:13 am

We hoped a few months ago that she'd use Concorde, like the US tour in 1991 when G-BOAB had a VIP interior fitted in the forward cabin for the flights.
But with fewer available aircraft right now, and the high costs (the Royal transport costs come under a lot of scrutiny in Parliament these days), it wasn't going to happen.
 
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 5:21 am

What would you do if you were an head of state or a state leader? Will you use a normal flight or an VIP-aircraft?
 
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 5:30 am

Bit of a dumb question but the Queens been on CONC right?

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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 3:50 pm

Yes several times, in 1977 she returned from Barbados, out to BGI in 1989 and out to IAD in 1991 for the US tour.
Some Royals flew on the development aircraft prior to service entry.
The Queen Mother was given a special flight for her 85th birthday in 1985.
 
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Fri Oct 04, 2002 9:34 pm

Her itinerary includes YFB (Iqaluit); there are no Euro flights here. Hence a charter is needed.
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RE: Canadian A.F. A310 At LHR

Sat Oct 05, 2002 12:56 am

It's still at LHR and was parked between the cargo area and the VIP suite when I was up there at lunchtime.


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