The £20k-an-hour package holiday jet Priti Patel wants to use to send asylum seekers to Rwanda


The £20k-an-hour package holiday jet Priti Patel wants to use to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

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The £20k-an-hour package holiday jet Priti Patel wants to use to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

Priti Patel’s deportation jet in figures 
Age 27 years
Passengers 18 business class with 229 economy class
Engines 2
Fuel capacity 91.380kg
Max take-off weight 185,069kg
Max landing weight 145,152kg
Galleys 3
Lavatories 5
Charter cost £20,000-an-hour
Maximum range 7,260 miles
Top speed 567mph
Maximum ceiling 43,000ft
Take off distance 8,002ft
Landing distance 5,052ft

The government has hired Privilege Style Airlines to fly the first asylum seekers to their off-shore processing facility in Kigali, Rwanda. 

The Home Office chartered a Boeing 767-300ER with a maximum capacity of 18 passengers in Business Class with a further 246 in the back. 

The 27-year-old aircraft costs an estimated £20,000-an-hour to charter and has a range of 7,260 miles, so it can travel the 4,100 miles to the Rwandan capital Kigali without needed to refuel en-route. 

The flight time from London to Kigali is approximately nine hours, meaning the trip down to will cost in the region of £180,000. 

The jet will be used to return Home Office officials on the flight to the UK, meaning a further £180,000 will be spent. 

Also, the jet flew empty from Dusseldorf to RAF Boscombe Down in Amebury, Wiltshire which would have cost the government at least £20,000 for the hour-long flight. 

Normally a charter aircraft will wait for up to two hours for its passengers before it starts charging extra, as it will have to turn down other clients. 

On June 13, the day before the jet arrived in the UK, it flew from Dusseldorf to Palma de Mallorca return before heading off to Tenerife and returning to Dusseldorf, where it took off this morning for the RAF base. 

The airline boasts that the aircraft has carried almost 500,000 passengers since it joined their fleet in 2013.

Passengers on the jet are normally offered wifi, according to the airline and can follow the route of the aircraft on a moving screen.  

The aircraft offers 18 passengers business class seats, with two seats per row, rather than the two-three-two layout in the back which has space for a further 229 passengers

The aircraft offers 18 passengers business class seats, with two seats per row, rather than the two-three-two layout in the back which has space for a further 229 passengers

This seating map shows the business class seats behind the aircraft's cockpit. The bulk of the passengers are seated in three rows across the aircraft in a two-three-two configuration

This seating map shows the business class seats behind the aircraft’s cockpit. The bulk of the passengers are seated in three rows across the aircraft in a two-three-two configuration

The leather seats on board the aircraft are normally packed with holiday makers at this time of year travelling to sunshine destinations

The leather seats on board the aircraft are normally packed with holiday makers at this time of year travelling to sunshine destinations

Passengers on the jet are normally offered wifi for in-flight entertainment. Those in business class have space to plug in their laptops

Passengers on the jet are normally offered wifi for in-flight entertainment. Those in business class have space to plug in their laptops

 

 

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