|Quoting 777way (Reply 21):|
As for the tail, has the aircraft been painted fully as in after D check?
I cannot be totally sure. But there are a significant number of indicators that it has been completely repainted.
First have another look at the aircraft as it is today:
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Photo © James Mepsted
Then remember that this aircraft spent many months parked up in the Southern California desert at VCV
until it arrived back at CWL
on 31 March this year. Does it look as if it has been in the desert for a prolonged period? I do not think so.
When it was with British Airways Maintenance Cardiff at CWL
it is known to have undergone major maintenance - a 'D' Check - as well as having the new BA
F Class cabin fitted. On completion of this work it was ferried to LHR
on 8 July and returned to service.
It continued to operate out of LHR
until it completed a rotation to JFK
(BA113/16) on 12 September. It did not fly again until after it was rolled out at LHR
on 30 September carrying the 'To Fly. To Serve' heraldic crest and 'Dreamflight 25' titles.
If you compare this photo taken while it was parked at VCV
with the picture above:
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Photo © Royal S King
note that in the photo taken at VCV
there are vertical red alignment marks below the each side of the cabin door. On the latest photo these two lines that are adjacent to the blue painted area are still present. However there is now a third line adjacent to the forward end of the base of the door that was not there before. It also seems to me that the positioning of the 'Speedmarque' with reference to both the top of the cabin door and to the aft end upper cabin windows is very slightly different.
If you look at any photos in the data base taken before September of this year you will see that this aircraft has the abbreviated registration 'LU' painted on the top rear tail. But in the latest photo it has 'NLU
' painted in the same position instead.
has announced that it plans to add the heraldic crest to all its aircraft as they are repainted. This very strongly suggests that G-BNLU
has indeed been repainted. This would also explain why it was out-of-service at LHR
from 12 to 30 September when BA
carries out all major maintenance on all its wide-bodied aircraft at CWL
, but paints and repaints all its aircraft at LHR