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A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Wed Dec 22, 2004 11:24 pm

Hi everybody..

As far as I know, Turkish Airlines will buy A319 (Berlusconi`s ex A/C) for the Prime Minister of Turkey.

What do you think about this? Which aircraft is most suitable for a prime minister of a country (not for Turkey) ?

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TS-IOR
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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 12:04 am


A recompense for the efforts he is making on the Turkey entry to the E.U.
 
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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 12:49 am

Maybe Tony Blair will follow in an A319CJ purchase.Not sure yet.
 
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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 12:50 am

A recompense for the efforts he is making on the Turkey entry to the E.U.

The plane isn't for the prime minister himself, it's for the Turkish government. Now with Turkish Airlines flying Airbuses they can provide the pilots and technical backup to operate the plane. It's just an operational thing, not strictly political.

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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:01 am

"Maybe Tony Blair will follow in an A319CJ purchase.Not sure yet. "

The chance is < 0. 'Blair Force One' is too easy a political target. Well, not before the election, anyway....
 
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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:03 am

Turkish Airlines' recent purchase of both Airbus and Boeing aircraft is a shrewd political move. Of course the Turkish government wants to keep both the USA and the EU happy. Nothing unusual in this - El Al regularly buys Boeing aircraft in order to help ensure the US continues to use its UN veto in Israel's favour.
 
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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:09 am

Plus, Blair and entourage are fairly large. They'd need a plane larger than a BBJ, BBJ2, or ACJ.

A 757 might do the trick for them, however. Perhaps a 767.

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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:15 am

Gigneil, with Blair having such a large entourage (as stated), perhaps an ex-BA 777 would be more suited??

Besides flying the pond, Blair does visit many other, further countries
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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:26 am

It was announced last week that a review is taking place here in the UK on the future air transport needs of the government and the Royal family, given that there is now no suitable long range aircraft in the Royal Air Force's inventory. Expect an order for the A330 or A350 in due course (British taxpayers wouldn't wear us buying an American aircraft, just as US taxpayers wouldn't wear their government buying a European aircraft.)
 
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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:30 am

Gigneil, with Blair having such a large entourage (as stated), perhaps an ex-BA 777 would be more suited??

Besides flying the pond, Blair does visit many other, further countries

Maybe another A330 since they ordered the MRTT.
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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:30 am

One thing is sure though, considering the actual political context, the Tukish government was not about to buy a BBJ!

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RE: A319 For Turkish Prime Minister

Thu Dec 23, 2004 2:08 am

The A319 news is somewhat old. The A319 was considered surplus by the Italian Air Force. The sale was reported here previously.

In addition the Turkish government is looking for 2 small business jets to replace its current Gulfstream IV fleet, plus one larger aircraft, possibly an ex THY A310 to facilitate the transport of larger delegations including business men and journalist on overseas trips by the leaders of Turkey.

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