As with the United States, the president has
been provided with an military aircraft since
1943. This aircraft is better know as Air Force
One when its carrying the President of the United States.
Royal Air Force will provide the Minister with
an Airbus A330MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport)
Voyager. The A330MRTT which is based on the
civilian Airbus A330-200 wide-body airliner is
currently used by the Royal Air Force (RAF) as
an aerial refueling tanker.
The Airbus A330MRTT will be factory converted
into a presidential aircraft, it will be
retrofitted to provide a state of the art
communications system, 158 passenger seats and
accommodations for sleeping and a conference
The Airbus A330MRTT aircraft
cost in an excess of $200 million per aircraft,
the aircraft has a cruise speed of 534 mph and a
maximum speed of 547 mph with a 8,000 nautical
The conversion of this
aircraft will cost the RAF in the neighborhood
of $15 million. It is expected to save the UK taxpayers
$1.2 million a year for the next 20 years over
the current cost of roughly $10,000 per hour for
a charter flight, a savings of $3,000 per hour.
The British government has reported the aircraft
will retain the Royal Air Force livery and be
used as a tanker (don't see that happening for
the most obvious reasons) when not deployed for
official travel. In addition, the aircraft would
be available to the Royal Family's use.
maybe a hard sell for the average UK worker given the state of the economy and the
fact that most
government departments are facing budget cuts of
at least 25% over the next four years.