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Private jet used by Rishi Sunak is replaced by new jet with upgraded ‘XXL toilet’

The private jet used by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will be replaced by a new jet with an upgraded ‘XXL toilet’ and ‘larger VIP wardrobe’.

The Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family operate an RAF Voyager (Airbus A330) and lease an Airbus A321 from Titan Airways.

The smaller aircraft, sporting the red, white and blue of the Union flag, will be replaced by a similar replacement by December, including the upgrades.

At no extra cost, the supplier supplies a toilet that is 90 cm wider than [the] existing XL toilet” in the VIP cabin, a full-length mirror and a changing bench, The Times reported.

The private plane used by Rishi Sunak on Prime Minister’s business will be replaced by a new jet with an upgraded ‘XXL toilet’ and ‘raised VIP cloakroom’

The Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family lease an RAF Voyager (Airbus A330) and an Airbus A321 from Titan Airways

The Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family lease an RAF Voyager (Airbus A330) and an Airbus A321 from Titan Airways

The Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family lease an RAF Voyager (Airbus A330) and an Airbus A321 from Titan Airways

The aircraft contract has been extended to 2027 and the aircraft will also receive a ‘raised VIP wardrobe’, extra partitions and two conference tables.

The Airbus A321 is used when officials make short or medium-haul trips to destinations in Europe and the US East Coast.

The larger RAF Voyager – an Airbus A330 – is used when ministers fly even further away.

Britain does not have a Prime Minister’s aircraft used exclusively by Downing Street. Unlike the US President, who flies in Air Force One, the Prime Minister is not the head of state.

A spokesman for the Cabinet Office told MailOnline: ‘This is an update to a contract for the lease of a used aircraft [for] official visits.

“There will be no change to the annual cost to the taxpayer.”

Voyager’s interior underwent a £10 million makeover in 2016, when David Cameron was Prime Minister.

After the makeover, the RAF Voyager was first used to take David Cameron and other ministers to the NATO summit in Poland in July 2016.

It comes as Mr Sunak was criticized this week for the UK’s use of air travel.

He defended his use of an RAF jet to fly 250 miles to northern England on Thursday.

Embarking on a tour of northern England to promote government aid for deprived areas, Mr Sunak flew from RAF Northolt, North West London, to Blackpool.

His choice of a posh jet reserved for VIPs was the third time in 10 days that he had operated an RAF aircraft.

All three of those journeys were to parts of Britain with mainline rail connections to London.

Last week he flew to Edinburgh to see Nicola Sturgeon and also used a plane to travel to Leeds to visit an NHS unit for a photo session.

Number 10 posted photos online last week showing the Prime Minister boarding the French-made executive jet, which can carry 14 people, to visit Leeds

Number 10 posted photos online last week showing the Prime Minister boarding the French-made executive jet, which can carry 14 people, to visit Leeds

Number 10 posted photos online last week of the Prime Minister boarding the French-made executive jet, which can carry 14 people, to visit Leeds

The Prime Minister appeared at a Q&A event in Morecambe to promote the latest allocations from the government's 'Levelling Up' fund and was questioned about his choice of taxpayer air travel

The Prime Minister appeared at a Q&A event in Morecambe to promote the latest allocations from the government's 'Levelling Up' fund and was questioned about his choice of taxpayer air travel

The Prime Minister appeared at a Q&A event in Morecambe to promote the latest allocations from the government’s ‘Levelling Up’ fund and was questioned about his choice of taxpayer air travel

The Prime Minister appeared at a Q&A event in Morecambe to promote the latest allocations from the government’s ‘Leveling Up’ fund and was questioned about his choice of taxpayer air travel.

“I travel around so I can do a lot of things in one day, I don’t just travel around for my own pleasure – although of course this is great fun,” said Mr Sunak.

‘I’m traveling around so I can talk to people in Accrington this morning, then I talked to you and then I’m going to Hartlepool because I work for all of you.

“Believe me, I work as hard as I can to perform for you and I travel to make myself as effective as possible.”

The 41-minute flight allowed Mr Sunak to avoid using the Avanti West Coast Mainline train service, which has been widely criticized in recent months for its atrocious performance and punctuality.

An 8.30am train from Euston could have taken the Prime Minister to Morecambe at 10.25am, had he run on time.

No10 denied that Sunak chose to fly to avoid the trains, but Tory MP Mark Jenkinson, whose seat is in Cumbria, defended the flight saying it would be ‘madness’ for the Prime Minister to run an ‘unreliable’ train service take.

The ministerial code states that ministers should ‘ensure that they always make efficient and cost-effective travel arrangements’.

It adds: ‘Only members of the cabinet and ministers responsible for departments have the freedom to authorize special flights for themselves or other ministers within their department.

‘Non-scheduled flights may be allowed when a scheduled service is not available, or when it is essential to travel by air, but the requirements of official or parliamentary affairs or security reasons make it impossible to make the journey on a scheduled service. ‘

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