BA's 'The Firefly' - Olympic Airbus #2

BA's 'The Firefly' - Olympic Airbus #2

Postby RRconway on Wed 16 May 2012, 8:06 am

Morning,
 
As I type, G-EUPC, 'The Firefly' is getting ready to depart to Greece to collect the Olympic flame. It is the second British Airways A319 to wear a special Livery for the 2012 London Olympics, and is slightly different to the first one!!!!
 
I was granted permission to get these pictures just after they finished the paint scheme and just before they wrapped it up in brown paper, (seriously) to be able to move it from the paint bay to another hangar to await today’s historic flight.
 
I hope you like the pictures.
 
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Thanks for looking, C+C welcome.
 
Cheers,
Jeff.
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby PeterR on Wed 16 May 2012, 8:30 am

Much MUCH better than the Dove! Good stuff! :clap:
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby IanOlder on Wed 16 May 2012, 9:18 am

Thats more like it, much prefer this to 'The Dove'.
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby chrisward123 on Wed 16 May 2012, 9:19 am

Thats Fantastic, so creative!

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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Julo on Wed 16 May 2012, 9:34 am

Superb pictures and the livery is definitely a major improvement over the Dove one
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Mr Flibble on Wed 16 May 2012, 9:46 am

Prefer this one but then I like them both really!

Thanks for posting, superb looking livery.
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby TonyO on Wed 16 May 2012, 10:08 am

Much nicer!

Can we look forward to some disappointing air-to-airs to go with this one too then?
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Mark K on Wed 16 May 2012, 11:09 am

Now that looks better than the Dove scheme, really looking to photographing this!
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby LN Strike Eagle on Wed 16 May 2012, 11:53 am

I'm not bowled over by it, but it is far more striking than the Dove livery.

Excellent shots though. :heyhey:
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Jumpjet on Wed 16 May 2012, 1:08 pm

Very striking - presumably the colour scheme is meant to 'reflect' the colours of the olympic flame.

I think I am in the minoirty - but I LOVE the dove scheme - it is supremely elegant in my eyes - and I definitely prefer it to the Firefly.
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby neilos on Wed 16 May 2012, 2:38 pm

Now that's more like it.

Much, much better than the first paint job

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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby DamienB on Wed 16 May 2012, 2:46 pm

Well it could hardly be worse than the dove.

Very meh. Looks like it's had a mid-air with an Easyjet and they haven't cleaned up the mess.
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Fr8ter on Wed 16 May 2012, 2:52 pm

Gorgeous - great pics, lovely scheme would have looked even better on a B744 or B773 so as to give the special liveried Etihad planes a run for their money! :clap:
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby 8674planes on Wed 16 May 2012, 3:40 pm

So we are not allowed to light somthing like a cigarett but they are allowed to bring a lit torch on board? Thats surley not fair is it? :roll:
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby ChrisM on Wed 16 May 2012, 5:09 pm

TonyO wrote:Much nicer!

Can we look forward to some disappointing air-to-airs to go with this one too then?


You got the job?? :lol:
Cheers

Chris
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby TonyO on Wed 16 May 2012, 5:12 pm

ChrisM wrote:
TonyO wrote:Much nicer!

Can we look forward to some disappointing air-to-airs to go with this one too then?


You got the job?? :lol:


Only if you are flying the camera-ship! :grin:
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby RRconway on Wed 16 May 2012, 5:28 pm

ChrisM wrote:
TonyO wrote:Much nicer!

Can we look forward to some disappointing air-to-airs to go with this one too then?


You got the job?? :lol:


What do you think of it Chris?

I really like it.

Cheers,
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Disaster Area on Wed 16 May 2012, 6:20 pm

I'm not sure about it!

The front end looks very nice but then when you see a photo of the whole aircraft the rear end 'clashes' with the front in my opinion. Perhaps if the tail logo had been painted into the yellow scheme it might appeal to me more!

Chris.
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Niallxg on Wed 16 May 2012, 6:34 pm

Anything would be an improvement on the "Dove". Very nice scheme. Just have to hope they integrate the old Bmi A319s into the entire BA fleet following the merger so I've a chance to photograph it.
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Chris IL-76 on Wed 16 May 2012, 6:38 pm

That's more like it. Glad they listened to what we were saying.....ha ha!
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby ChrisM on Wed 16 May 2012, 6:44 pm

RRconway wrote:
What do you think of it Chris?

I really like it.

Cheers,
Jeff.


Wandered over to see it on 525 this morning before it departed to Athens, a massive improvement on the Dove. This one will also be doing part of the torch tour of the uk.

Keep hearing rumours of more Dove's, but with a standard BA tail and the dove in grey. Possibly some of the BMI A319's will be dove'd.
Cheers

Chris
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Julo on Wed 16 May 2012, 9:11 pm

ChrisM wrote:
RRconway wrote:
What do you think of it Chris?

I really like it.

Cheers,
Jeff.


Wandered over to see it on 525 this morning before it departed to Athens, a massive improvement on the Dove. This one will also be doing part of the torch tour of the uk.

Keep hearing rumours of more Dove's, but with a standard BA tail and the dove in grey. Possibly some of the BMI A319's will be dove'd.

G-DBCB is in the paintshop
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Binky Airways on Wed 16 May 2012, 9:19 pm

I really don't understand what's so nice about this paint scheme. I mean it looks like the pilot's vomited yellow bile because it's hideous. The Dove scheme was no better and it neatly befit's the tragedy of the Olympic logo branding disaster... BA, you really have followed the wrong sheep!

Talking of sheep, the Dove scheme looks more like a sheep too!
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Re: BA's‘The Firefly’….Olympic Airbus number 2

Postby Hawkkeeper on Thu 17 May 2012, 10:01 pm

first time I've seen this special, prefer it to the white/gold 'dove' scheme.
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