CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1480 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4560 times:
I was at IAD this evening picking up a friend, and right after BA293 arrived, the next arrival was a 757 in Monarch livery, no titles, and a tail logo that looked similar to, but was not, the NATO logo. My apologies- I couldn't get the reg. #. It appeared to taxi over to the C/D terminal area, where I lost sight of it. Does anyone know what the story is with this plane? Thanks.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2651 posts, RR: 56
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2611 times:
Quoting Sunshine79 (Reply 10): Don't Starquest normally use a First Choice Airways B767 configured to 50-70 seats for RTW trips? I think they have done in the past.
Most of First Choice Airways VIP flights on the 757 fleet are onbehalf of TCS Expeditions, a company the airline has been working with for over 10 yeas.
Earlier this year First Choice announced the purchase of Grand Expeditions - the parent company of TCS Expeditions - so these companies are about to become part of the First Choice group.
The Air 2000 flights for TCS Expeditions in the days of the red and gold livery. When the "tapestry" scheme was introduced it was considered too bright for the upmarket TCS flights and so a more toned-down scheme was introduced just for aircraft operating the TCS fligts.
Now aircraft operating in the VIP config operate in standard livery, but with TCS Expeditions titles on the port-side only when flying for TCS. For all other VIP customers the aircraft wear full First Choice Airways livery unless the customer requests their own titles. As well as TCS, the airline also works with major companies such as sports teams, car manufacturers and film studios who use the all-First Class config 757s.
Here are a few recent photos of G-OOBA and G-OOOX operating in VIP configuration...