World leaders rule the skies
The world’s most powerful leaders are frequently photographed waving from the steps of their personal planes. The details of these planes are typically kept under wraps. Aviation specialist and private jet charter company, Air Charter Service, recently released some analysis of the aircraft used by world leaders, featuring graphics that illustrate the aircraft in detail.
Analysis shows that the aircraft range from the modest to the palatial - here is a selection:
Hassanal Bolkiah's “Flying Palace”
Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah owns a private jet so lavish it’s often called the “Flying Palace.” $120 million was spent outfitting interior of the Airbus A340 -212 with precious metals and gems, and installing additional fuel tanks that increased the flight range from 12,500km to 15,000km.
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain's fleet of aircraft
The King of Bahrain has the entire Bahrain Royal Flight airline at his disposal. The fleet consists of six aircraft: a Boeing Business Jet BBJ2, two Boeing 747- 400s, a Boeing 767- 400 ER, a Gulfstream G-IV and a Bell 430, all in a VIP configuration. The aircraft are intended for exclusive use by highranking government officials and members of the royal family. Vladimir Putin’s IL-96300-PU
Vladimir Putin’s flagship aircraft is an IL-96300-PU outfitted with an advanced communication system that can command military troops.
The presidential fleet includes four identical planes, all of which are readied for every departure for security purposes. The specific plane is not known until take-off. Once Putin boards, either one or all of the remaining airplanes follow the president as the reserve.
United States' Air Force One
Air Force One is the name of any US Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States at any time. Donald Trump relies primarily on two identical, heavily-modified Boeing 747- 200B models. These planes are the oldest in the study. Typically, the President flies in military aircraft that are under the command of the Presidential Airlift Group, which includes Air Force One, Marine One (usually Nighthawk or Sikorsky helicopters), Navy One (any US navy aircraft), Army One (any US Army aircraft) and others. Before becoming president, Donald Trump also had his own Trump fleet of airplanes and helicopters including a luxurious Boeing 757- 200, a jet and two helicopters. Rather than catering for its usual 228 passengers, it has been reconfigured to transport 43 in ultimate comfort with a dining room, big screen TVs, master and guest bedrooms, and even a shower.
Xi Jinping and Air China's Boeing 747- 400
The most modest leader in the study, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping does not own a personal aircraft. Instead, he uses two Boeing 747- 400s that are the property of Air China. Prior to use, many of the cabin’s seats are dismantled and replaced with a spacious living room, a bedroom, and an office.
Angela Merkel and her 'Konrad Adenauer'
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has a fleet of aircraft at her disposal. The most famous of the fleet is an Airbus A340- 313X VIP, nicknamed the “Konrad Adenauer” after the first post-war Chancellor of Germany. The Airbus can accommodate approximately 150 passengers and is outfitted with several bedrooms, showers, offices, and a soundproof room for negotiations. To read more, visit: http://www.airchartermideast.ae/ about-us/news-features/blog/ private-jets-of-world-leaders-putin-trump-xi-jinping
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