VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8248 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3886 times:
BA 744 G-BNLZ was rolled out after being painted in the revised Union Flag livery with the 'To Fly. To Serve' crest on 31 October.
Before painting this aircraft had worn for the previous four years the standard Union Flag livery but with the special "Change for good, 10 Years" nose titles. Note in particular the light blue 'unicef' titles:
'LZ was first pictured in the revised livery in a BA Press Release on the BA web site at CPH on 2 November. It was there to be loaded with 40 tonnes of (a little ironically) unicef famine relief supplies. This loading took place in the presence of the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (also known as Wills and Kate):
With the size of the BA fleet their paint shop at LHR is kept pretty busy. So I suspect that at least one other aircraft is also already carrying the revised livery. As BA tend to repaint their existing fleet in small batches of the same type (as this is more efficient with, for example, the same operators' platforms and scaffolding being required for successive paint jobs) the chances are greater that if such an aircraft does exist it will be another 744.
It wasn't part of the design given to Boeing for the delivery of the aircraft and wasn't made public at that stage. Hopefully this will be amended for future delivers from both Boeing and Airbus, but time will tell.