Air transport of the British royal family

Just like everyone else, the British Royal Family needs to travel somehow. Due to their status they are afforded a little bit more luxury and can usually be flown to most destinations. Within the UK this service is provided by either military or civilians though this depends on destination and availability. Whilst there are a number of different modes of flight travel on offer, the Royal Family actually flies with British Airways the most.

Helicopter flights

The Queen’s Helicopter flight is designated by the Royal Travel Office. It comprises of just one maroon coloured Sikorsky S- 76C+ helicopter and holds the registration number of G-XXEA. This is to honour the Airspeed envoy registered G-AEXX which the Queen’s Uncle flew for the very fist King’s flight. This helicopter is for Royal use only and started its service in 1998. There is a commercial version of this helicopter available but the Queen’s version has only six seats to add to the luxury of the craft. In 2009, Sikorsky upgraded the helicopter to the newer S76C++ with the registration number of G-XXEB. Currently this is still the helicopter in use.

The Squadron of the Royal Air force

The No.32 Royal Squadron works in the air transport section from RAF Northolt. It was formed as part of the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and actually took part in the action of both World Wars though this was later disbanded in 1969. In 1995 this air force was then merged into the Queen’s flight and had the Royal added to the title. These aircraft are able to be used by VIP only if the craft is not being purposed for military use.

Royal Air force VIP

In 2015 n Airbus Voyager was repurposed and fit with seating to accommodate the Royal Family and other government officials. This refit will save a vast sum of money that was previously being spent on charter flights for the Royal Family. This remodel will have satellite communications, missile detection and a small 158 seats. Keeping the Royal Air force colours it will continue to do its usual duties when not required by the government on the Royal Family.