March 8, 2012 Official Blog of the UK Ministry of Defence - defpro.com
The Daily Telegraph has published a comment piece by James Blunt criticising the Royal Air Force (RAF) air bridge following his and Katherine Jenkins' aborted trip to Afghanistan. He says 'our [the United Kingdom's] deployment of manpower is inefficient and costly'.
Due to some technical problems with our aircraft, the visit suffered a number of delays resulting in its cancellation. However, it should be noted that our air bridge aircraft work exceptionally hard and operate in tough environments which, unfortunately, can sometimes lead to unavoidable delays.
The air bridge as a whole is highly reliable, serving our operational theatres on a daily basis. We are due to take delivery of a new C-17 later this year which will boost our ability to move troops and equipment between Afghanistan and the UK. In addition, our new Voyager transport aircraft is due to come into service in 2014.