Jun 5, 2014

What you need to know about the PM’s ‘clapped out’ VIP jet

The failure of the prime ministerial jet yesterday -- it broke down on the tarmac -- is a timely reminder that it might be time to upgrade.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

As Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston was unwise to blame Labor for the failure of Tony Abbott’s VIP fleet to leave for Indonesia on time yesterday for his meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The two Boeing Business jets in question are less than 10 years old, and are closely based on the widely used and incredibly reliable Boeing 737, which airlines such as Qantas and Virgin Australia fly for as much as 13 hours a day. These planes sometimes perform eight takeoffs or landings a day on high-frequency routes like Melbourne to Sydney.

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5 thoughts on “What you need to know about the PM’s ‘clapped out’ VIP jet

  1. zut alors

    Ben, in a previous article about the PM’s aircraft you mentioned their nickname. It was a long time ago (perhaps during the Rudd era) & I’ve been unable to find the piece – will you please remind us?

  2. paddy

    Was this the one Zut?
    (From Jan 2014.)
    [PM John Howard was very wary about a voter or taxpayer revolt over a ‘luxury’ fit out for the jets that operated in later years what some wags referred to as the ‘Reptile One’ flights.]

  3. zut alors

    Paddy, you’re indispensable, thanks.

  4. klewso

    Is that where they got the idea for “Snakes on a Plane”?

  5. zut alors

    Comment Of The Day, klewso.

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