The nature of the taskings varies. Some will involve months of planning and are in the calendar well ahead of time, such as the G7 or G20 summits. Others can be short-notice flights, which means that operational planning must be able to kick into high gear whenever the call comes.
As Andy West explains, planning is a joint affair that requires close collaboration between AirTanker, 10 and 101 Squadron, and Force HQ, which will have direct contact with either the Royal household or Number 10.
“The Enhanced Cabin operation has some unique challenges. Every time we fly, we are in the public eye and given the nature of the passengers we welcome on board, every aspect of the service must be perfect."
“From the customer’s perspective the aircraft is an extension of their office. It is a working environment and that’s very much how every flight operates. There is no glitz and glamour, but we do seek to deliver a very high-quality service."