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The queen has only ever flown on a carrier other than BA when the nation paying for the trip was not the UK. She flew Air NZ and had all the First class cabin reconfigured into a private suite. The same occurred when she flew Qantas. In both cases the carrier also carried commercial passengers in economy….
BA also reconfigure the aircraft and no one should be in any doubt that the aircraft is luxurious and very very comfortable. The reconfiguration includes beds, sitting areas and dining areas as well as seating for those traveling with her.
She does not travel as the PM did using the same seats as the rest of humanity. the toilet has a special seat cover and is for he exclusive use.
The is no requirement for a permanent VIP aircraft and the current system of using BA and reconfiguration is highly costs effective and efficient.
If Singapore was paying forte trip then flying SQ would be sensible however I think in this instance the decision would have been driven by the arrival time into SIN and the duties on arrival. If using BA they would have arrived late evening and a wasted day. SQ have a da time ex
HR with morning arrival and the sense of this is now clear to see.11 Sep 2012
I agree with Binman. As Singapore is paying then they chose SQ because it is their national carrier but also because SQ offers a more convenient arrival–early morning and therefore HRHs could have a full day of work. No way a snub to BA which in my view, Suites apart, is bettee than SQ in service and food.12 Sep 2012
So, if they are on a scheduled trip, carefully laid plans, full diary etc, could they have taken a discounted non flexible A or Z class ticket perhaps?
You don’t need flexibility with the program they have, meeting PM’s, and will they collect the miles i wonder? The House should gain benefits like the rest of us, and tot up those miles!
I have great respect for them both and they do great justice to a modern representation for The Royal Family, and they are clearly being pushed forwards by The Queen with many recent high profile responsibilities…Charles seems to have been downgraded by comparison.
Frankly SQ are the best still, and it is great to see them operating as ordinary people, and not needing whole Aircraft. Good luck to them, and their refreshing attitude, they represent the Royal Family / UK with great dignity, and a modern modest flare.12 Sep 2012
Martyn the A380 is just crazy. Then again I remember on another thread there was talk of some prince buying one!
Perhaps they can use a spare A318 with the LCYCW configuration. How many people on average in a Govt or Royal entourage?
In the case of Will and Kate, I can’t see the need for more than 4 people (1 guard each and an assistant for each). So using a private jet for that need would be a complete waste of tax payers money.12 Sep 2012
It’s a shame you skimped on your education, Becky, or you’d have known to write “tax payers’ money”.
I do find it extraordinary that a PA can’t write proper English.
With only two A318s in constant use for the almost daily CWLCY service, there simply isn’t one to spare for such duties.
While you can’t see the need for more than four people, others with more insight are very much aware that the massive complexity of organising State visits on behalf of this country is not the same as “pottering down the shops” for the latest issue of “Bella”.
A Spitfire is just a silly suggestion – how would you serve the champers and caviar? 😉12 Sep 2012
I honestly didn’t realise Her Majesty always? flies scheduled. I just remember the Air NZ flight and a TV documentary where she is seen peering out the window of a BA aircraft somewhere in the ME (Oman?).
What about flights up to Balmoral?12 Sep 2012