Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joke about who has a bigger plane at the Crunch Summit

Canadian Justin Trudeau joked that Boris Johnson’s Airbus A321 is bigger – prompting the UK Prime Minister to insist his jet was ‘very modest’.


Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau compared the size of their official aircraft during talks in Bavaria today.

The two met on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany – and began discussing their planes.

Mr Johnson told his Canadian counterpart he spotted “Canada Force One” on the tarmac at Munich airport as he landed this morning after an eight-hour flight from the meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government in the Rwandan capital of Kigali.

“Can Force One”, as the aircraft is known, is an Airbus A310 categorized as a CC-150 Polaris.

Mr Trudeau joked that Mr Johnson’s Airbus A321 plane is larger – prompting the UK Prime Minister to insist his jet was ‘very modest’.

Boris Johnson sat down with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit in Bavaria



The Tory leader was forced to use the smaller of his two jets because, due to protocol, Prince Charles first called in the Airbus A330 RAF Voyager to fly to Rwanda.

The Voyager was converted from a troop carrier and an air-to-air tanker for use by the British Prime Minister and aides on overseas voyages.

The makeover cost taxpayers £10million – and when Mr Johnson got into the Number 10 he requested a £900,000 livery to change the plane from military gray to patriotic red, white and blue.

Mr Johnson also met French President Emmanuel Macron as the crucial gathering of world leaders began today.

The Prime Minister and Mr Macron put their arms around each other’s shoulders while slapping each other on the back.

Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron held talks at the G7 summit


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The French Premier had removed his jacket as the summit was bathed in summer sun and temperatures reached 25C.

Mr Johnson asked Mr Macron, who also suffered an electoral setback last week, how he was doing.

The President replied, “I’m fine.”

The summit is expected to be dominated by the West’s response to Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Johnson admitted he was concerned about waning allies’ support for Ukraine as he prepared for difficult talks at the G7.

He warned that “realistically, the population and politicians are getting tired,” adding: “I think the pressure is there and the fear is there, we have to be honest.

“But the most incredible thing about the way the West has responded to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been unity – NATO has been solid, the G7 has been solid and we remain solid.

Boris Johnson came to Germany after attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda


Andrew Parsons / No. 10 Downing Street)

“But in order to protect this unit, to make it work, we need to have really, really honest discussions about the implications of what’s going on, the pressures that individual friends and partners are feeling, that the population is feeling – whether it’s the cost for their energy or food or whatever goes.”

Asked whether France and Germany are doing enough for Ukraine, the prime minister praised Berlin’s efforts without mentioning France.

“Look at what the Germans alone did,” he said.

“I have never believed in my whole life that a German chancellor would step up like Olaf Scholz and send weapons to help the Ukrainians protect themselves.

“He’s made big, big strides. We get 4% of our gas from Russia, in Germany it is 40%.”

Meanwhile, Britain will ban imports of Russian gold in the latest phase of efforts to cripple Russia’s economy over the war in Ukraine.

In a coordinated announcement, the UK, US, Canada and Japan unveiled plans to block shipments.

Gold exports to Moscow were worth £12.6 billion last year.

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