Jun 8th 2009 6:40PM The "royal jet" isn't very practical. For overseas heads of state visits The Queen needs a full size jet (usually at least a Airbus 319 to Boeing 777 size). For the couple of times a year that she conducts those visits it is much cheaper to lease.
The princes and princess usually fly commercial to a location (Singapore, Miami, Sao Paolo, Dubai, Guatemala, Jamaica) and they charter a jet on location.
Since the RAF jets are over 25 years old now, and will eventually need to be replaced, It would be nice to see them lease a sexy P180 Avanti II (Ferrari designed) turboprop for domestic flights and short hops to northern Europe. They may not be roomy like the RAF jet, but they go 400 mph and show a lot more concern about the environment (Charles is accused of hypocritical behaviour here). Heck, it's only 400 miles from London to Balmoral Castle, and that is the longest domestic trip they take.
Jun 8th 2009 12:14PM I fail to see why this notice is news. Prince Andrew charters jets more than a half a dozen times in the course of year. He has done this before in Azerbeijan in October 2007. A quick look at his six major jet charters over the course of one year (ending 1 April 2008) indicates that this price tag is not unusual, perhaps even on the low side.
The charges are for the charter jet on location. The second value is for the scheduled airflights just to get to the country for Prince Andrew and his staff.
£212,880-(£36,725) Indonesia, Singapore , & India
£ 57,670-(£19,473) Brazil
£ 57,400-(£ 1,782) Azerbeijan/Kazakastan
£ 49,870-(£12,916) Dubai
£ 43,170-(£33,990) Singapore