Presidential Jets And Royal Transport
I am quite interested in how various countries deal with transportation for their leaders. Aircraft dedicated for special use are often a status symbol either for the country or their particular leader at the time.
The days of national 'flag carriers', when airlines were frequently owned by the government and the livery included some variation of the nation's flag, are increasingly in the past. Airlines today are mostly private corporations that are profit oriented and promote their own brand.
The people at Simple Flying have published an article and video about some of these special aircraft that I very much enjoyed (links below).
Clearly, Air Force One is the most well known aircraft dedicated to the transport of a world leader. It is very important to the United States that the appearance of these two aircraft (SAM28000 & SAM29000) reflect the strength of the United States.
Uniquely, the Sultan of Brunei is a licensed pilot and often takes the controls on one of the country's fleet of A340's and B-747's himself.
Russia seems to be the most elaborate in terms of security to transport President Vladimir Putin. A fleet of four Ilyushin Il-96's is used with the one actually carrying the President kept secret.
The biggest surprise for me is that, despite being the first country to dedicate an aircraft for its head of state, the United Kingdom is relatively modest in transporting the Royal Family and the Prime Minister. The Royal Air Force's 32nd squadron is responsible for them with an A330 (ZZ336) being the main VIP aircraft but the cabin is kept standard without special office space. When not in use for transporting VIP"s, the aircraft serves as a troop transport and refueling tanker, like the 13 other RAF A330's. In 2020, it received a controversial $1 million paint job in UK colours. I think that it is a very sharp looking aircraft (image below).
What about Canada? We are very much like the UK; an aircraft from the RCAF fleet is used to transport our VIP's. See my article in NetLetter #1338 for more on 'Oh Canada! 01'.
Click Here for the full article from Simple Flying. Click the image below for the accompanying video.
|Volume 10 - Number 11 - December 1979|
SANTA AND HIS ELVES decided our new DC-10 was more fun than a sleigh and reindeer so they hitched a ride and joined in the fun at the Toronto Ops Centre where some 2,000 employees and their families enjoyed a tour of the wide-body, lots of edible treats, entertainment and displays.
From the left, Toronto staffers are Marian Burnett, Passenger Agent; Mary Pindham, Reservations; in the whiskers, Frank Chorley, Manager Convention Sales; Debbie Batten and Wendy Baldock, both Reservation agents.
|Here we have this early advertisement to fly to Australia on Canadian Pacific.|
On November 7, 2020, the Time Air Historical Society posted this information.
Interesting photo from the Time Air jubilee book. Does anybody recall which Dash 7 was used for these flights and why the Dash 7 was selected to fly the Queen around?
Queen Elizabeth II came to Canada in 1987 and Time Air transported her entourage in Western Canada. Shown here are the crew who flew the aircraft for Her Majesty.
Left to right: Howard Still, Moe Martin, Fred Kinniburgh and Doug Prenevost.
More info is available on the Time Air Historical Society Facebook page.
More info on visits by Her Majesty the Queen to Canada can be found here:
|Name this airline - answer below.|
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|Gerald White – Pionairs Director UK/EC sends this update -|
Since the COVID-19 Global problem started in March the use of ZOOM has spread around the World. Not just for business purposes but for family and friends to stay in touch.
The UK/EC Committee have used it several times successfully, and in October the National Committee used ZOOM to hold their Annual Meeting that should have taken place in Winnipeg, again successfully (24 people took part and it lasted for just over 5 hours - with several breaks!).
I discussed with our Committee the possibility of using ZOOM for our members to "meet". We signed up to the professional version which enables up to 100 people to participate and each meeting to last longer than 1 hour.
Our District is unique in that it covers many time zones and several continents which could cause problems. To start with I'll set up our first meeting linked to GMT to see how many people will participate. Ideally it would be for Members in the UK, but could be joined by others in different time zones.
Pionairs LHR district organized the first ZOOM virtual meeting of members on December 11, 2020. Some 17 retirees joined in from various locations in England, including one from Canada, making it truly international.
Greetings and general chat were exchanged with the session lasting approximately 2 hours. In future sessions, Pionairs from other areas of the UK and EC district will be invited.
Any retiree who worked in the UK but now lives outside the UK/EC district would be welcome to join.
|Pionairs YVR district created this excellent concise guide to getting started with ZOOM. Click the icon to view/download the guide. Thanks YVR!|
The Flight before Christmas.
Below left is the front cover of the enRoute magazine December 2016 issue.
Inside the issue was this photo on the right on page 226.
Flight attendants Betty Wilson (left) and Vicky Stewart arrive with Santa Claus on a Douglas DC-3 airliner at Malton Airport (now known as Toronto Pearson International Airport). They carry gifts for the annual Trans-Canada Air Lines Christmas party for employees and their families, held at offices across the country.
|Found in "Horizons" magazine|
|Issue dated February 1996.|
Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Certified Station Agent II, Claude Bourque, receives congratulatory wishes from his fellow workers on his 30th anniversary.
Front row, left to right: Michel Gauthier, George Morrow, Claude Bourque, Marcel Guilbert, Manager, Customer Service - New Brunswick; Bob Lewis and Joel Ritcey.
Back row left to right: John Stewart, Merl McAndrew, Mark Stevenson, Jim Barriault and Harvey Muttart.
Inaugural Flight to Hong Kong.
The celebration was an absolute success," says Elaine Lee, Customer Service Assistant/interpreter who coordinated Vancouver's inaugural activities for Air Canada's long-awaited service to Hong Kong.
On December 20, 1995, flight AC837 left Vancouver International Airport at 13:00 amid a fanfare of joyous celebrations. A number of employees wore the formal "Cheongsam" for the occasion while the departure area was festooned with banners, balloons and Chinese lanterns.
Following Chinese customs, dancers performed the Lion Dance around Air Canada check-in counters accompanied by the "God of Prosperity" in full traditional dress. Even Vancouver's Dragon Boat Team, the "Dragon Flys", were on hand to see the historic event. "It's about time we flew to Hong Kong," says Joe Tassoni, In-Charge on the maiden voyage.
The carrier's name, emblazoned in six-foot high Chinese characters across both sides of the Boeing 747-400's fuselage, translates as "Maple Leaf Airlines".
Some of the Air Canada volunteers who assisted in the inaugural activities in Vancouver were:
Lisa Wong, Customer Sales & Service Agent; Frances Wong, Customer Sales & Service Agent; Tessa Liu, Flight Attendant; Kim Tye, Asian Interpreter for AC at YVR, the "God of Prosperity"; Dorothy Stauffer, Flight Attendant; Susan Hudec, Customer Sales & Service Agent and Christine Trickett, Employee Records Coordinator.
Photo by Yuki Kayo.
Waiting in Hong Kong were:
Robert Milton, Senior Vice President, Marketing & In-Flight Service, who posed with Hong Kong Sales Office Staff; left to right: Eliza Wong, Mandy Kwan, Cassandra Ko, Debbie Tse,
|...and the airport staff from left to right: Aaron Ching, Sophia Ling, Sara Ng and Kam Lau.|
LHR employees take to the river for a good cause.
Employees from London Heathrow (LHR) Ramp, Reservations and Sales Departments paddled their Air Canada raft in two races in the summer of 1995 to raise money for several organizations.
Their first race at Guildford saw them paddling 1-1/2 miles down the river Wey for a 12th place finish out of 33 entries. The team managed to raise GBP 456.37 for the Guildford Lions Club.
Their second race was held in Marlow on a very cold and rainy day. The team paddled over 1-1/2 miles of the river Thames for a 4th place finish. They raised GBP 233.44 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Air Canada sponsored the team by donating Frisbees, bags, hats and model aircraft, says Raft Race organizer Kim Jones, "but the majority of sponsorship came from the staff at LHR who have hearts of gold. Not only did they sponsor us, but a lot of them gave us their $100 gift allotment so we could order baseball caps and sun visors which helped raise money for various charities".
Air Canada's team of dedicated rafters included Kim Jones, Alan Corth, Alan Reeves, Chris Watson, Steve Cockton, Wayne Hayler, Tracy Haveland, Kim Dalrymple and Caroline Stanley.
AC's Raptor takes flight.
An Airbus A320 (C-FDSN - Fin #208), painted in a dramatic Raptor design, has been delighting customers and employees since its unveiling during December 1995.
It took Toronto's 23-person paint crew seven days, round-the-clock shifts and some 45 gallons of paint and primer to get the Raptor just right.
After stripping off its last coats of paint to expose the naked fuselage, the crew used detailed drawings developed by Air Canada to ensure the proportion was correct. Air Canada is the official airline of the Toronto Raptors. "The hardest part to get right was the Raptor's teeth and claws on the plane's tail", says Dennis Chislett, Foreman of AC's paint shop.
|Issue dated March 1996.|
Staff at London, England moves into Radius Park.
With an eye to cutting costs and an opportunity to boost cargo sales, Air Canada, during 1995, built a new facility at Radius Park, five minutes from Heathrow Airport (LHR) at Hatton Cross.
London's Reservations group may have been the last department to move into the building around Christmas time, but they didn't let the occasion go by without a small party.
In the photo below from left to right are: Sandrine Thabet, Val Everest, Shirley Stephens, Mel Bartlett, Janice Sims and Nancy Sims...
|...and here in the foreground, left to right: Mandy Barrell, Mary Grossman, Jo Choules and Julia Nunn.|
|Finally we have, from left to right: Beverly King, Sue Davies, Dawn Bulley, Lucy Nevin-Adley, Caroline Stanley, Rebecca Gough, Lynda Howorth and Liz Hanna.|
Aeroplan Help group at Montreal Res, who were helping the Aeroplan Centre make the transition to One-Stop Shopping by pre-screening calls, got together for this group shot:
Front Row: Doreen Abdo and Hani Choucrallah.
Second Row: Nella Dilela, Helene Polychuck, Kathy Iacovella and Estella Fernandez.
Third Row: Viviane Chakour, Lorenzo Debonis, Norma Rachiele, Francois Liard, Francine Robidoux, Jeanne Duguay, Francine Vachon, Lisa Bourque, Sylvain Messier and Carole Cohen.
Back Row: Bernard Milbers and Marc Constantineau.