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British Airways Olympic Logo Jet?  
User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7625 posts, RR: 17
Posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 10227 times:

British Airways is a Tier 1 Sponsor of the 2012 London Olympic Games. As such I believe that they are able to use the Olympic Rings logo for promotional purposes. They can do this from the hand-over ceremony that concludes the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games next Sunday until the hand over ceremony at the end of the 2012 Games.

I believe that BA will fly the main party of the British Olympic Team home from Beijing next Monday. Great Britain is currently lying third in the medal table behind the PRC and the USA and just ahead of the Russian Federation. So there is bound to be very strong media interest in what is already the most successful British Olympic Team for many years when it arrives back at Heathrow.

Does anyone know whether BA are able to and will exploit this situation by flying the team home in an Olympic Logo Jet?

There was a BBC TV Newscast of the main body of the British team leaving Heathrow on the way to Beijing 2008. BA flew them to HKG on their way to their training camp in Macau. The BBC showed a short video of some of the team on the steps up to door 1 on the right side of their aircraft. The aircraft used was a BA 744. It appeared to be G-BNLO but could have been G-BNLD. It was in standard British Airways Union Flag livery. However it appeared to have a non-standard predominantly red logo (the British Olympic Lion's Head?) and the name "Pride" on its nose.

Can anyone confirm or correct the above?

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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3934 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10192 times:

I would certainly love to see a logojet!

However, perhaps it would be a little early (?) yet.


User currently offlineJetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2808 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10145 times:
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Quoting Vasu (Reply 1):
perhaps it would be a little early (?) yet.

Maybe they are working on it and then revealing it the day of the closing ceremonies.
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User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 9933 times:



Quoting VV701 (Thread starter):
I believe that BA will fly the main party of the British Olympic Team home from Beijing next Monday

Depart Sunday, arrive LHR Monday.

Quoting VV701 (Thread starter):
The aircraft used was a BA 744. It appeared to be G-BNLO but could have been G-BNLD

It was G-BNLO.

Not sure whether BA will come up with a special "logojet", although they usually do something. What is certain is gold and silver medallists have earned themselves an upgrade  Smile. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/7574616.stm



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User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 9838 times:

Sky news said yesterday that BA will paint the nose of the aircraft that is bringing the athletes back gold.

User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7625 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 9779 times:



Quoting LHR27C (Reply 3):
Depart Sunday, arrive LHR Monday.

Think the team will stay for the late evening closing ceremony.

The scheduled Monday flight (BA038) has been blocked on the BA web site for a long time. So I guess that the schedule is depart PEK1015hrs local Monday morning, arrive LHR 1505 hrs Monday afternoon.

Quoting Theginge (Reply 4):
Sky news said yesterday that BA will paint the nose of the aircraft that is bringing the athletes back gold.

Thanks.


User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9746 times:



Quoting VV701 (Reply 5):

Think the team will stay for the late evening closing ceremony.

The scheduled Monday flight (BA038) has been blocked on the BA web site for a long time. So I guess that the schedule is depart PEK1015hrs local Monday morning, arrive LHR 1505 hrs Monday afternoon.

Ah OK, I was taking it from the BBC article - but yours looks to be a better source of information.



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7625 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9694 times:



Quoting LHR27C (Reply 3):
It was G-BNLO.

Thanks for the link. The photo shows that what I thought was a predominantly red logo was in fact a bear-like cartoon character with the BA Speedmarque with the words 'Best of British' replacing the more usual 'BRITISH AIRWAYS'

Following up on Theginge reply about Sky News I found this story:

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Bus...20Olympic%20Bid&lpos=searchresults

It says that BA and VS are 'burying the hatchet' to cooperate in promoting the 2012 Olympics and goes on to say:

"Virgin Atlantic is launching a press and poster advertising campaign complete with promotions and slogans on the sides of its aircraft."

I guess some will think this is preferable to "No Way AA/BA".


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2014 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9648 times:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/7574616.stm
And multi-gold medallists Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington get to travel in first class.

British Olympic Association chairman Lord Moynihan has given up his own first-class seat to accommodate Hoy.

At first, it appeared there were only two first-class seats available for the three athletes - and Hoy was set to miss out on the most luxurious of BA's seating options.

That was until Moynihan gallantly offered the champion Scottish cyclist - a winner of three golds in Beijing to go with a previous gold at Athens in 2004 - his own ticket.


Why the BOA chairman should have had a 1st class ticket is a reasonable question...

Anyway, that would be one hell of a flight to come back on! I can't imagine the other passengers getting much sleep Big grin



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User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9645 times:



Quoting VV701 (Reply 7):
Following up on Theginge reply about Sky News I found this story:

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Bus...20Olympic%20Bid&lpos=searchresults

It says that BA and VS are 'burying the hatchet' to cooperate in promoting the 2012 Olympics and goes on to say:

"Virgin Atlantic is launching a press and poster advertising campaign complete with promotions and slogans on the sides of its aircraft."

I guess some will think this is preferable to "No Way AA/BA".

Look at the date of the article, it is from 2004.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7625 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9582 times:



Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 8):
Why the BOA chairman should have had a 1st class ticket is a reasonable question...

Anyway, that would be one hell of a flight to come back on! I can't imagine the other passengers getting much sleep

I do not think there are any 'other' passengers in the conventional sense of the word on this flight. As I said before the flight has been blocked since I first checked it out and that was early this year.

The UK sent around 300 participants to Beijing. There were probably at least an equal number of coaches and other officials recognising that with 2012 the UK will play a major part in the closing ceremony with Boris Johnson a key figure and Gordon Brown also there. Many involved in the organisation of 2012 also went as 'scouts' to see how the Chinese did things.

The question is apart from the BOA Chairman who else got a priority first class seat? Probably Brown and Johnson who will find it politically astute to be seen to be involved and, in terms of pecking order, Moynihan might then be next. With 14 F seats who are the other nine who did not give up their seats for competitors? Minor government bureaucrats?

Quoting Theginge (Reply 9):
Look at the date of the article, it is from 2004.

Thanks. I guess it was about 'Backing the Bid' and not as I incorrectly assumed 2012 itself.


User currently offlineSeansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 876 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9528 times:



Quoting VV701 (Reply 10):
The question is apart from the BOA Chairman who else got a priority first class seat? Probably Brown and Johnson who will find it politically astute to be seen to be involved and, in terms of pecking order, Moynihan might then be next

Boris travelled Economy onboard BA when he went to Beijing. He says he will only allow mayoral staff to fly Economy to show they are not wasting tax payers money unlike our previous mayor of London. So unless BA offer Boris an upgrade he is in the back.


User currently offlineBALHRWWCC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 9230 times:



Quoting SeansasLCY (Reply 11):

Boris travelled Economy onboard BA when he went to Beijing. He says he will only allow mayoral staff to fly Economy to show they are not wasting tax payers money unlike our previous mayor of London. So unless BA offer Boris an upgrade he is in the back.

Somehow I think the athletes and there families deserve the upgrade more than Boris.

It is good to see BA finally sponsering a winning team. Hopefully this is the start of great things for BA's Sponsershop programs.


User currently offlineSpeedmarque From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 684 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9121 times:

The 747 that will bring the team home has just had its nose painted gold.

User currently offlineTheginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9014 times:



Quoting VV701 (Reply 10):
The question is apart from the BOA Chairman who else got a priority first class seat? Probably Brown and Johnson who will find it politically astute to be seen to be involved and, in terms of pecking order, Moynihan might then be next. With 14 F seats who are the other nine who did not give up their seats for competitors? Minor government bureaucrats?

I think Gordon Brown flew out on a charter out of Heathrow so may do the same coming back. Not sure who it was with as the TV pictures showed him at the Royal Suite but didn;t turn round far enough to show the aircraft.


User currently offlineSeansasLCY From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2007, 876 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9003 times:



Quoting Theginge (Reply 14):
I think Gordon Brown flew out on a charter out of Heathrow so may do the same coming back. Not sure who it was with as the TV pictures showed him at the Royal Suite but didn;t turn round far enough to show the aircraft.

Gordon Brown flew out on Privat Air 767. I saw it at LHR on Tuesday evening.


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7625 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8869 times:



Quoting SeansasLCY (Reply 15):
Gordon Brown flew out on Privat Air 767.

Here it is:

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Photo © Diego Ruiz De Vargas - Iberian Spotters


He was on his way to Afghanistan and flew on the Privat Air 763 to Oman (MST) where I guess an RAF aircraft was waiting for him.


User currently offlineAlanUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8492 times:

Yes please...

Maybe something like this:

http://www.bvair.com/olympic1.jpg

http://www.bvair.com/olympic2.jpg

:P


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8464 times:



Quoting AlanUK (Reply 17):

If they have the A380 by then  stirthepot 



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User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8380 times:

In 2005 Brian Mcdonald did a nice one.
http://www.cardatabase.net/modifiedairlinerphotos/photos/big/00005513.jpg

When I asked he dd another one last year..
http://www.cardatabase.net/modifiedairlinerphotos/photos/big/00008640.jpg


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8369 times:



Quoting Speedmarque (Reply 13):
The 747 that will bring the team home has just had its nose painted gold.

This was reported in multiple places as pending; what reg is that a/c that had it done? Will this remain long term?


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8317 times:

Quoting Theginge (Reply 4):
Sky news said yesterday that BA will paint the nose of the aircraft that is bringing the athletes back gold.

It is also being named "Pride" as well  

[Edited 2008-08-23 03:30:25]


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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7625 posts, RR: 17
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8276 times:



Quoting BALHRWWCC (Reply 12):
It is good to see BA finally sponsering a winning team.

BA did hit gold once before although it now seems a long time ago:

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Photo © Hideaki Ohki


Note the name "Sweet Chariot" (from the Rugby Union Anthem "Swing Low Sweet Chariot").

Unfortunately the name and logo were only applied toi the left side of the nose. I say "unfortunately" as I was at LHR the day after 'IVR flew the England team home from Australia and was fortunate enough to get a photo but only from her right side.


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3934 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8227 times:

Warning - if BA do a special 2012 livery... expect it to be very PINK! hehe



BA goes NU-RAVE!

[Edited 2008-08-23 04:33:48]

User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7625 posts, RR: 17
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8008 times:

BBC TV are covering the arrival on Monday starting at 1455. So it looks as if it is the scheduled BA038 scheduled at 1510.

25 BlueShamu330s : A pink logo and an aircraft called Pride.... And there was me thinking they'd done it all for this weekend in MAN !!
26 Acw367 : When did BA 038 get changed from a 777 route (it was when G-YMMM bellyflopped in Jan) to a 747 route?
27 Post contains links Tommy212 : BA have already done an Olympic logojet in the past, anyone remember G-BMRC? http://www.airliners.net/photo/Briti...-Airways/Boeing-757-236/1226040/L/
28 OA260 : The second pic looks cool. I hope they have the A380 in time. Team GB have done great and its a good start to London 2012. At least this time there w
29 Myt332 : Don't be silly, a region? BA? Ha! In other news I passed through Manchester city centre on my way to MAN this afternoon.
30 OA260 : I bet you need a cushion LOL.....
31 VV701 : I would disagree. G-BMRC and a 732 were dressed in the colours of the British Olympic Association and BA were not the Tier 1 Official Airline of the
32 Theginge : From the start of the summer schedule due to increased demand.
33 Mayor : I thought it was Sarah Brightman?
34 Group51 : Jimmy Page from Led Zepplin, wasn't it?
35 Mayor : It was Leona Lewis with Jimmy Page doing "Whole Lotta Love" on top of the bus. I should have mentioned in reply #33 that it was Sarah Brightman singi
36 G-CIVP : G-BNLD arrived back around 15.10 carrying the GB Olympic Team. I see BA have popped down to Halfords to grab some spray paint to do the nose cone gold
37 SeansasLCY : The aircraft touched down a little while ago with a gold nose and is now parked at the royal suite. Interestingly there were ordinary pax onboard who
38 Post contains images Swiftski :
39 Swiftski : Indeed. Most of the flight was blocked out, but not all of it. That's why a big deal is being made of BA 'upgrading' Gold Medalists to First (if the
40 Post contains images Swiftski : Landing:
41 VV701 : Like 'NLO on the outward journey, 'NLD was also named 'Pride' but the name was on the left side of the nose and not the right. Additionally 'NLD had a
42 Post contains links VV701 : I have just found a report in MSN News that says the inscription actually reads "Proud to bring our British heroes home": http://news.uk.msn.com/Arti
43 GMUAirbusA320 : That 2012 logo is HIDEOUS! I don't think I'd want that on the side of a beautiful BA logoed jet.
44 AirbusA6 : A good incentive for Airbus to get a move on , then. Imagine the embarrassment of having the special Olympic jet (and the A380 is the obvious choice,
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