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  • thebig C
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    maintenance contract

    Originally posted by pym View Post
    I think the A320 or B737 would be a very good choice, provided of course that there are guarantees placed on its use.

    Just a few questions for those who know more about the topic then me:
    Would it be hard to keep pilots in the Air Corps with qualifications on such popular commercial aircraft?

    Would it be possible to allow either Ryanair or Aer Lingus (depending on type) to look after the maintenance?

    Have a look at the post re the Czech A319ACJ on 'Strategic Airlift' - a maintenance deal as you suggest is part of the Czech arrangement.
    Last edited by thebig C; 28 May 2007, 11:59.

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  • pym
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    I think the A320 or B737 would be a very good choice, provided of course that there are guarantees placed on its use.

    Just a few questions for those who know more about the topic then me:
    Would it be hard to keep pilots in the Air Corps with qualifications on such popular commercial aircraft?

    Would it be possible to allow either Ryanair or Aer Lingus (depending on type) to look after the maintenance?

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  • thebig C
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    Strategic Airlift

    If you look back at 'Strategic Airlift', you'll see a picture of an Airbus bought by the Czech Air Force, for use as a VIP transport AND a troop transport (the interior can be changed in a few hours). I suggested this might be an option for the Air Corps to consider, for various reasons....

    The UK decision to purchase an A320 seemed relevant to this proposal, which is why I posted it.
    Last edited by FMolloy; 27 May 2007, 18:34.

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  • Fouga
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    Over here MATS should mean Military Air Transport Service and be made up of C130J's, i say do away with MATS and let the Govt fly AerLingus.

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  • thebig C
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    ACJ for HM and PM?

    It was announced today that the UK will purchase two aircraft for the Prime Minister and the Queen to fly around the world on official visits.

    (from 'The Times', May 23 2007)"....A 70-seater Airbus, likely to be an A320, will be bought for long-haul flights and a smaller 15-seat executive jet will be purchased for flights to European capitals. Both will be bought on the secondhand market.....

    The main aircraft will be used by the Queen for a handful of times a year when she travels on major international trips. If Mr Brown follows Mr Blair’s example he will use it far more often. Mr Blair has made several long-haul trips each year. Scores of the seats will be taken out so that the aircraft can be fitted with communications equipment. There will be antimissile devices and it is likely to be flown by an RAF crew. There will be beds and wardrobes for the use of the Prime Minister, the Queen and staff, and it will fly at altitudes of up to 40,000 ft (12,000m).

    The smaller jet is likely to be used by the Prime Minister, other ministers, and members of the Royal Family for shorter flights.

    An official notice confirming that the Government is looking for bidders will go into the Official Journal of the European Union within days. It will say that the contract will be worth £100 million over the next ten years."
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