‘Heir Force One’ – Second Helicopter for the Royal Family
The British tabloids have finally caught up with regular users of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) G-INFO Database and spotted that the Royal Family is leasing a second helicopter (AgustaWestland A109S G-XXEC).
According to reports, the Queen has leased the helicopter because it is thought to be safer to operate another aircraft on long-term lease rather than several on ad hoc charters.
The press are speculating that the aircraft will be regularly used by the Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, himself a former RAF Search and Rescue pilot, leading to snappy headlines about Heir Force One.
For more background see: https://www.royal.gov.uk/TheRoyalHousehold/Transport/Royalairtravel.aspx
UPDATE October 2019: G-XXEC has been sold back to Leonardo.
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