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.