British Airways (BA) has unveiled the aircraft that will fly Team GB back from the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and its got a golden nose!
The Boeing 747-400 G-CIVA, which is maintained at British Airways Maintenance Cardiff (BAMC), was unveiled by BA yesterday and bears the name “victoRIOus” following a public vote.
It’s nose is painted Gold to reflect the success of Team GB who bagged a record haul of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and finished 2nd overall in the medals table, beating China into 3rd place,
The aircraft will be used to fly Team GB back from Rio and also used for the GB Paralympics team.
Team GB depart on flight BA2016 from Rio on Monday August 22 and land into Heathrow Terminal 5 on Tuesday August 23 at 9.55am.
British Airways CEO Alex Cruz said “We’re excited to be bringing the athletes home ‘happy and glorious’ following the Games! victoRIOus is a very fitting name, reflecting the great pride we have for our sporting heroes, and is a great play on words too”
The Unite Union, which represents the majority of British Airways Staff are planning a vote of no confidence in British Airways CEO Alex Cruz. The moves comes after he said the Transport Select Commitee’s report on the aviation sector as fuelled by “rumours and emotions” rather than fact and that [read more]
British Airways is now using biometric boarding on flights from the US to the UK with over 250,000 people already having used the system following a successful introduction of the technology on UK domestic flights. Biometric data allows passengers to confirm their identity with their face, in similar way to [read more]
The latest Boeing 747-400 to be retired by British Airways (BA/BAW) has arrived at St Athan (DGX/EGSY) in South Wales where it will be scrapped. G-BNLN (Lima November) took off for her final flight from London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) this afternoon as “Speedbird 9179” and flew the short hop to South [read more]