This morning they were driven by bus with a Metropolitan Police escort to the BA East Engineering Base. There they boarded 744 G-BNLS in Union Flag livery with additional multi-colour 'DREAMFLIGHT' titles on the upper fuselage between cabin doors 3 and 4 with the 'Dreamflight' logo on the aircraft's nose.
After the children and their carers had boarded the aircraft was towed by tug from the Engineering Base across the perimeter road. By the BM hangar the engines were started and two of the BAA LHR Fire Tenders wished the kids a happy holiday in the way only firemen can - by creating a water archway for the 744 on its way to 09R.
The aircraft left LHR at 1327 hrs BST and should arrive at MCO at around 1730 local time.
Tonight it is scheduled to leave MCO at a minute past midnight returning to LHR. It will carry excursion passengers who have paid $427 each to take this flight and an LHR-MCO flight on 24 October - the aircraft going to collect the kids. After paying charges and taxes such as the 9/11 Security Fee of $2.50 and the Orlando International Passenger Facility Charge of $3.00, BA will donate the rest of these passengers fares to the Dreamflight Charity.
'Dreamflight' was formed in 1987 by BA staff and this is the charity's nineteenth flight.
Here are the last few 'Dreamflight aircraft:
Photo © Gabriel Savit
Photo © Alastair T. Gardiner - WorldAirImages
Photo © Andy Graf - VAP
Photo © Ralph Kunadt
I know that the 1992 'Dreamflight' used 741 G-AWNE in Landor colours with multi-coloured 'DREAMFLIGHT' titles and the 'Dreamflight' logo over the 1L and 1R doors. Please reply if you have details of any of the other aircraft used.
[Edited 2005-10-16 22:41:29]