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David Cameron to get budget version of US President's Air Force One

Published 19/11/2015

The £10m aircraft would be used by the Prime Minister and possibly members of the Royal Family
The £10m aircraft would be used by the Prime Minister and possibly members of the Royal Family

David Cameron is to get his own version of the US President’s Air Force One with the Government planning to spend £10m refitting an RAF plane, according to a report.

The aircraft would be used by the Prime Minister, senior ministers and possibly members of the Royal Family, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Ministers claimed the plane would save up to £775,000 a year by replacing charter flights currently used for long-distance trips abroad.

A Government source told the Telegraph the aircraft would not be “luxurious”.

“This is about saving taxpayers money. There will be upfront costs but by using a refitted RAF Voyager instead of chartering private aircraft for each long-distance trip, we will save taxpayers around £775,000 a year,” the insider said.

When he was Prime Minister, Tony Blair had planned to buy two private jets at a cost of about £100m, but “Blair Force One” was scrapped by Gordon Brown.

The British Prime Minister is the only leader of a G20 nation who does not have an aircraft. The US President’s Air Force One cost £200m.

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