LETTER: No 747 for NZ premier
Your editorial (Banda a rare (flightless) bird, July 4) claims "the prime minister of New Zealand has two 747s". This is incorrect.
The prime minister of New Zealand does not have two dedicated 747s for his use. The Royal New Zealand Air Force maintains two Boeing 757-200s, which are occasionally used to transport the prime minister and VIPs.
As multi-role aircraft, they are more often used as transport aircraft for troops or freight.
Generally, the prime minister uses commercial flights to travel both domestically and internationally.
I trust this clarifies the prime minister's air travel arrangements.
Press secretary to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
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