David Cameron came under fire yesterday for using an Angolan plane on his high-profile trade mission to south- east Asia.
The Prime Minister pledged to "fly the flag" for British business as he arrived in Japan for the first stop of his tour.
Meanwhile, Japanese car giant Nissan announced that its Sunderland plant would be producing a new hatchback model from 2014 - creating hundreds of jobs.
But Labour questioned why the premier and representatives from more than 35 firms were travelling on a privately chartered plane from Angola.
Downing Street indicated that BA had been unable to provide a jumbo jet due to the Easter holidays, and other carriers such as BMI were also booked up.
Instead they opted to use operator Atlas - better known for moving cargo by air - who sourced a SonAir plane apparently owned by an oil company based in the African state.