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Anonymous11 Sep 2012
Good move by the Royal Household, and naturally as it is a tour to a Commonwealth country, it is only appropriate that their national airline should be used, just as the Queen uses New Zealand and Canadian transport aircraft when visiting other members.
After all, we did used to own Singapore, too.
A brace of proper longhaul VIP aircraft would be preferable, though.11 Sep 2012
The Duke and Duchess CHOSE to fly SQ, they had the option and made the right choice. The SQ Suite (and even SQ Business) beats every BA cabin, hands down.11 Sep 2012
Since aviation began, in most cases of Royal trips abroad, it has been traditional to use a carrier of the host country to arrive. The return flight is usually on a UK carrier.11 Sep 2012
Hippocampus, how can you be so sure that it was the staff that would of made the decision?
Overall this is a slapin the face to British ‘airlines’ and is nothing more than a snub by members of the Royal Household.
VK having a VIP jet would be a serious waste of taxpayers money!
BT, is it possbile that you may be able to get an offical response from St James’s Palace and get an offical reply about the decision to fly SQ over BA or VS?11 Sep 2012
HM is head of state of 16 countries, including Canada and Australia. Obama is only head of 1! She’s also head of the Commonwealth of Nations, which comprises 54 states. I think it’s scandalous the Queen does not have her own VIP aircraft and that she, and for that matter the PM, have to travel scheduled.
Most of the recipients of our aid money fly private jets. The great socialist “Hollande” as well as Merkel all have VIP transport at their disposal. They wouldn’t even think of going on holiday by scheduled carrier let alone Easyjet. Even the president of tiny Switzerland has his own jet!11 Sep 2012
Agree fully with your sentiments. By the same token, why strip our Monarch, and nation, of Britannia?
I had a private tour/dinner etc at her berth in Leith a few years ago, and the sense of history, place and plain ” royalness” was overwhelming.
Thank you, Broon, for sending her to the knackers yard.11 Sep 2012
Hangonaminute BeckyBoop… Surely this is just good business sense. SQ buys a helluvalottta British built Airbus wings and Rolls engines. I dare say they’ve spent a lot more on GB plc than BA and VS put together over the last 20 years…
And VK… “we did used to own Singapore” – errr, WTF?!11 Sep 2012
BB, it’s not an excuse. I’m making the point she should have one.
Agree Esselle, Brittania was magnificent and a real flag bearer for GB plc. Such amity she’s gone.11 Sep 2012