Kukkudrill From Malta, joined Dec 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 11195 times:
That was an XL Airways 737-800 which was temporarily leased to BA (or possibly to GB Airways when it was still a BA subsidiary) so presumably an approximate paint job was considered good enough. Even the BA titles were smaller than usual.
Edit: I see I've just been beaten to it, sorry for the unnecessary post.
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BrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3916 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks ago) and read 11106 times:
Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 3): BA (or possibly to GB Airways when it was still a BA subsidiary) so presumably an approximate paint job was considered good enough. Even the BA titles were smaller than usual.
Leased from XL but the bird itself was on sublease to XL from Miami Air! The green area just aft of L1 is part of the Miami air colour scheme, I think it is around a sensor plate of some kind and could not be painted over, the blue belly is non-standard as well, again part of the Miami Air scheme. the overall appearance is pretty close to BA colours.
Just a quick correction, GB Airways was never owned by BA. They were wholly owned by the Bland Group of Gibralter and the airline operated as a BA franchise carrier before the Bland group sold the airline to easyJet.
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Richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4242 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 10652 times:
Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 5): Leased from XL but the bird itself was on sublease to XL from Miami Air! The green area just aft of L1 is part of the Miami air colour scheme, I think it is around a sensor plate of some kind and could not be painted over, the blue belly is non-standard as well, again part of the Miami Air scheme. the overall appearance is pretty close to BA colours.
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Looking at this picture, it definitely surprises me that such a half-hearted attempt at putting the BA livery was done though. It looks like a cheap knock-off because it is a cheap knock-off. I'm actually surprised BA allowed such an infringement on their image.
Jbernie From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8108 times:
The interesting thing is that to the average traveller, they would see "British Airways" not realize so much about the paint scheme was not correct. The only obviously off part is the section behind door 1.
Now look at the comments from you guys and you wonder what they actually got right
Flyabunch From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 517 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6688 times:
It looks like it was all done with pressure sensitive vinyl rather than paint. That might explain the solids rather than halftones. It is possible to do them with vinyl but it would have to be printed and that would add cost. The best part about vinyl is if the lease was short term, it is easy to peel off.
GatwickA320 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3978 times:
I used to work as cabin crew on this aircraft while it was leased to GB Airways. It carried XL flight deck and we operated to XL SOPs. Look carefully at the blue belly of the fuselage - notice how it goes "up" at the tail. This was carried over directly from Miami Air who also have blue bellies on their aircraft.
The blue underside on BA aircraft go 'round' just below the tail. If you're not sure what I mean do a search on Miami Air 737-800s! Also just behind door 1 left you'll see a beige coloured rectangle. This is an access door to some gauges or equipment (not sure what exactly) but the beige comes from the stripe down the side of Miami Air a/c. A part sourced directly from them!
Yes the paint job was awful, quite embarrassing really but we had great fun on G-OXLA - we all volunteered to work on it and flew with the same crew on most flights, so we all made some good friends
The dark blue area covers much more of the fuselage's underside than it does in the standard BA livery. So there was no room for the 'BRITISH AIRWAYS' titles in the usual position on the lower forward fuselage. This is why they are positioned above the cabin windows.
'Never' is incorrect. Formed by the Bland Group in 1931 to fly between Gibraltar and Tangier its operations soon fell dormanrt until BEA took a 51 per cent interest in 1947. This controlling interest passed to BA on its formation through the merger of BEA and BOAC in 1974.
I believe it was in 1989 that Bland took a contolling 51 per cent interest (reducing the BA investment to 49 per cent) as part of a reorganisation that saw GB Airways move their HQ from Gibraltar to LGW.
BA sold its remaining 49 per cent interest to Bland in 1995 two years before GB Airways became a BA franchise operator.