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Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sat Apr 17, 2004 5:24 pm

Watching BBC news this a.m......and there's a shot of the Blairs disembarking from a ...corporate DC-9/MD-80?? I presume it was a charter to take them from NYC (UN) to Washington. But what's the DC-9? Would be nice to know its not some oil company's freebie! (tho nothing would surprise me anymore as being `justified' in the War on Terror (WOT?)).  Insane
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sat Apr 17, 2004 5:35 pm

Hang on...it looks like he flew this plane back to Britain. He gets out and into a British reg. Daimler limo.
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sat Apr 17, 2004 5:41 pm

Here it is. Wonder what range this has.

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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sat Apr 17, 2004 8:39 pm

your prob thinkin of a vc 10
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sat Apr 17, 2004 11:50 pm

Nope.... that's an MD-80.
I have seen corporate MD-80s here before... I bet they have a pretty good range. I know you could get extra fuel tanks in the -83... maybe that's how this works.
 
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:03 am

With it being outfitted in such a role, an additional fuel tank was probably placed in the middle cargo bin, since you don't need all of that bin space for bags.
 
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:05 am

Nice plane Mr. Blair!!!!! You've scored bigtime brownie points with me on this one...  Smile

Of course I am completely unbiased in my opinion.


 
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:07 am

The photo above is of a Maltese-registered aircraft.

I'm having trouble with the coherence of this thread. Or is it just me? The thread-starter above says Mr. Blair traveled from New York to Washington -- which, by the way, people do all day long. Then there is something about a DC-9 or an MD-80. Then there is a question about who such a plane could belong to. Then you talk about oil companies and flying back to Britain.

If you're trying to confuse readers, then you've succeeded. Exactly what is this thread about?

 
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 12:22 am

This aircraft used to come to SAS in Oslo for maintenance when it belonged to Kuwait Air Force. It is indeed equipped with extra fuel tanks and can easily do Europe-USA nonstop. It's now operated by Austrian airline Jet Alliance.


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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 1:19 am

Why on earth would Mr Blair cross the atlantic this way? I find it hard to believe that they couldn't arrange for an RAF or BA plane to be available, since according to Downing Street this visit was arranged sometime ago.
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 2:09 am

Blair wanted it to be very low key, his party and much of the electorate, loathe Bush and are deeply unhappy about UK's involvement in Iraq.
Lets face it, the way things have gone down the crapper in Iraq recently, makes this an even bigger problem for Blair, a RAF aircraft (maybe even a BA one also) would give the impression of a state visit, maybe the operator of the MD-80 also made a better offer cost wise than BA, the last thing Blair wants are headlines about how much it cost to fly him to see Bush.
 
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 2:25 am

It's not Tony Blair's personal plane. Whenever the British Prime Minister travels inside the U.S.--like Washington D.C. to New York, the U.S. Government provides the plane. Always, whenever a head of state is traveling inside another country, the host country provides the transportation.
 
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 3:14 am

Airways6max - I've seen that happen with The Queen, but I quite thought the USAF airlifted in a couple of choppers in for your President when he travelled overseas.
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 6:11 am

Worldperks wrote:
The photo above is of a Maltese-registered aircraft.

Austrian.

I'm having trouble with the coherence of this thread. Or is it just me?

Judging by other replies. Its you.  Insane

The thread-starter above says Mr. Blair traveled from New York to Washington -- which, by the way, people do all day long. Then there is something about a DC-9 or an MD-80. Then there is a question about who such a plane could belong to. Then you talk about oil companies and flying back to Britain.

If you're trying to confuse readers, then you've succeeded. Exactly what is this thread about?


Sorry not to interpret the non-Fox-pre-digested news for you.
Blair flew back from the US to Britain on an Austrian registered corporate MD-80. Make of it what you like.
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 6:41 am

Yes. Austrian. Of course.

Now the photo fits in with some of the other posts.

Voodoo, with all due respect, you are reading my comments ex post facto. Nevertheless, the object of your thread-starter seems to have been satisfied, and it did prove interesting.


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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 6:45 am

Worldperks, no worries! Cheers.
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 6:55 am

I could try to confirm this with my ex. girlfriends father who is the chief mechanic onbard OE-IFA

 
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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 7:29 am

I still think it is really sad that the leader of one of the richest nations on earth has to charter an a/c each time he want's to go somewhere because the larger drinking, kebab eating, Sun readers of this country would have a heart attack if he announced he was buying an a/c for that purpose !!!.  Insane

Surely he could have chartered an a/c from a British Company such as Multiflights BBJ 2.

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RE: Tony Blair's.......DC-9/MD-80?

Sun Apr 18, 2004 4:36 pm

It aint the Sun readers he's concerned about, more like the narrow-minded, curtain twitching, NIMBY, bigoted 'Little Englander' moaning, whining, don't know when they are well off, Daily Mail readers!
In any case, this trip was so sensitive, likely he'd have used an aircraft that would draw least attention and not look like anything to do with a state visit, even if he had a personal transport..

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