Cello ABJ takes the Queen to Ireland


Cello Aviation scored a considerable coup when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II chartered BAe 146-200 G-RAJJ (msn E2108) for her state visit to Ireland. G-RAJJ carried H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the official party from Northolt to Dublin’s Casement Aerodrome on 17 May, where they were greeted by a guard of honor. G-RAJJ brought the Royal party back to England on 20 May, then positioned back to the airline’s base at Birmingham. The Queen and the Royal family have traditionally used aircraft from No.32 (The Royal) Squadron, including their BAe 146s, for such trips. In recent years, however, they have increasingly turned to commercial charters as a result of the limited availability of 32 Squadron aircraft (due to their use in support of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns) and to the decision by the government to substantially increase the rates at which their use is billed to the Royal family.

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