Friday, 19 June 2020

RAF Voyager aircraft used by the Royal Family and the Prime Minister for official business to be repainted....

An RAF Voyager aircraft - a modified Airbus A330 which is often used the Prime Minister, other senior ministers as well as members of the Royal Family for official engagements is going to get a shiny new paint job.

The government says the aircraft will get a new funky red white and blue livery based on the union flag to better represent the United Kingdom when flying overseas. 

The aircraft is currently in Cambridgeshire being made ready to get painted,  "The RAF Voyager used by the royal family and the PM is currently in Cambridgeshire for pre-planned repainting. This will mean that the plane can better represent the UK around the world with national branding, which will be in line with many other leaders’ planes."  A spokesperson confirmed this week, as well as stating the jet would also continue to be used for other official RAF purposes.  

The cost of the new painting is expected to cost around £900,000, with staff at No 10 saying it represented "value for money" and would be a benefit to the economy as all the work was being carried out in the UK. 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said, "we have always spent money on promoting the UK around the world" and the work on RAF Voyager was part of that effort.

The jet is one of 9 the RAF have under contract with Air Tanker as part of a core fleet of transport and refuelling aircraft,  with another 5 aircraft surge fleet that are operated commercially.  

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