New Air Force One Selected: Boeing 747-8

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    Jun 11, 2015 5:11 PM GMT
    I love the 747 (who doesn't?) and am glad that it will continue to fly for at least another 20 years, but it really is past the time where the Presidential aircraft needs to have 4 engines.

    A 777-8/9 (even a 787-10) would have been just as good a replacement, and would have reduced emissions significantly.
  • tj85016

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    Jun 11, 2015 8:47 PM GMT
    wonderful, more corporate welfare for Boeing

    I thought conservatives hated this stuff icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 11, 2015 11:57 PM GMT
    Most of of the UK's head of state and head of government fixed-wing air transport is done by chartered aircraft these days. I think the UK is the only G20 member not to have a dedicated ministerial aircraft.

    Royal Squadron RAF aircraft, which are used as a short-haul pool fleet for royal, ministerial and senior military officer transport, are getting old and cannot be relied upon anymore.

    The plan was to have two refitted Airbus A330 MRTT Voyagers for royal and prime ministerial use, but the recession put paid to that. I cannot see the current government loosening the purse strings to buy new VIP aircraft anytime soon, so it will continue to be RAF or private charter for short-haul and British Airways for long-haul for our PM.