British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

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British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 2:48 pm

Afternoon all,

So, here are a few of my pictures I took this morning before and during the unveiling of G-EUOH.

The design was created by artist Pascal Anson, who rather than just design 'flat' decals or images to be put along the side of the fuselage, thought up the Dove design which wraps around the fuselage. One of the influences for the Dove idea was the release of doves during the previous London Olympics in 1948 to signify peace.

The entire job took over 850 hours and several hundred individual stencils to create the effect.
The gold paint was developed by the BA Engineering team and its suppliers, and the team of painters had to develop new processes to enable them to spray the fuselage and wings in one go, something which is not normally done.

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Here are some of the air to air photos taken after the unveiling of G-EUOH this morning.

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Images copyright of Geoff Lee BA.

Cheers,
Jeff.
Last edited by RRconway on Tue 03 Apr 2012, 10:24 pm, edited 3 times in total.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 2:53 pm

I know it's got it's critics, but I love it! Fantastic photos and about time we saw a special painted airline from the UK. Well done team. Looking forward to the others

Were you on this Jeff?

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 4:04 pm

Kenny wrote:I know it's got it's critics, but I love it! Fantastic photos and about time we saw a special painted airline from the UK. Well done team. Looking forward to the others


I agree that it's about time that we had a special paint scheme, but we've waited all this time and we've got this. I regret to say a very poor effort IMHO.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 4:06 pm

I think this design was based on cost and not design. Bulk order of gold paint at a really good price guv'nor. Don't see a London 2012 logo on it, so it will largely fly about europe advertising gold paint to the masses. Nice day in Kent by the looks?

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 5:22 pm

Quite like the design but not overly sold on the execution colour-wise.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 5:48 pm

Why did Geoff take the second photo? :question:

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 5:50 pm

I'm guessing to see the design on the wings

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 7:12 pm

would be better with the London 2012 & olympics 5 rings on the fin & all the particapating country flags along the fuselage above the window line & in nice bright colours, that although nice is far to plain.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 8:14 pm

I don't really know what to make of it. It's got purpose, but at the same time appears cost driven, plain and boring. Take a look at Air Malta's attempt on an A320, 9H-AEO (viewtopic.php?f=11&t=41450) - that's a scheme, or maybe even one of the Japanese Pokemon schemes. This just looks bland to me. :question:

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 9:18 pm

Tail would have looked better just being left in the standard BA scheme.
Rest looks ok.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 9:51 pm

McG wrote:Tail would have looked better just being left in the standard BA scheme.
Rest looks ok.


Have to say I am undecided on it. There will be 8(?) other A319s with the tail in the normal colours.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery

Tue 03 Apr 2012, 10:26 pm

Kenny wrote:I know it's got it's critics, but I love it! Fantastic photos and about time we saw a special painted airline from the UK. Well done team. Looking forward to the others

Were you on this Jeff?


I like it too Kenny, and no unfortunately I didn't go on it!!!!

Cheers,
Jeff.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Thu 05 Apr 2012, 5:25 pm

Saw it today on stand (heavily cropped) A LOT of people don't like it
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Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Thu 05 Apr 2012, 6:20 pm

Nice set of pics, and I'm with Kenny and Jeff, I like it - very clever idea.

Steve :biggrin:

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Thu 05 Apr 2012, 6:23 pm

Were the A2As taken from a Jet Provost on Tuesday? Andy Hill brought a JP5 in from East Midlands to North Weald, and did a sortie "with an airliner" in the south east. I was working in the tower at the time and had him on frequency, with a very specific take off time.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Thu 05 Apr 2012, 7:40 pm

TJJ wrote:Were the A2As taken from a Jet Provost on Tuesday? Andy Hill brought a JP5 in from East Midlands to North Weald, and did a sortie "with an airliner" in the south east. I was working in the tower at the time and had him on frequency, with a very specific take off time.
Yep, it was Andy.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Thu 05 Apr 2012, 8:19 pm

In my opinion a disappointing paint scheme - nobody would hardly know it was connected with the Olympic Games, You would at least expect to see the Olympic " rings " and as for the actual colours - too drab, they should be Red White and Blue - the Olympics are being held in Britain and we should be capitalising on that - what has happened to being proud of our country? The designer has missed a " Golden " ( sorry! ) Opportunity here.
Fantastic pictures though RRconway - well done and Thanks :clap:

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Thu 05 Apr 2012, 8:54 pm

It doesn't scream 'Olympics', but as a piece of livery design, I rather like it. It's classy, which is more than can be said for the standard CHD design...

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Fri 06 Apr 2012, 7:18 pm

is there any way to find out which aircraft they plan to change to the "dove from above" paintscheme?

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Fri 06 Apr 2012, 8:23 pm

Moss.ie wrote:is there any way to find out which aircraft they plan to change to the "dove from above" paintscheme?


Do you mean types or regs?
For what reason?

Cheers,
Jeff.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Fri 06 Apr 2012, 11:10 pm

RRconway wrote:
Moss.ie wrote:is there any way to find out which aircraft they plan to change to the "dove from above" paintscheme?


Do you mean types or regs?
For what reason?

Cheers,
Jeff.


Hi Jeff,
nothing sinister, EINN is my local, and both G-EUNA & G-EUNB (Speedbird 1 & 2) use US emigration pre-clearence facilities there 6 days a week on the LCY - JFK route, it would be nice to catch one, save me a trip to the UK lol,

regards

Moss

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Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Sat 07 Apr 2012, 7:18 pm

To give it a different perspective, this is said aircraft flying into LHR on the 6 April 2012

(G-EUOH) Airbus A319-131 (British Airways) Dove Scheme
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Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Sat 07 Apr 2012, 7:58 pm

Moss.ie wrote:
RRconway wrote:
Moss.ie wrote:is there any way to find out which aircraft they plan to change to the "dove from above" paintscheme?


Do you mean types or regs?
For what reason?

Cheers,
Jeff.


Hi Jeff,
nothing sinister, EINN is my local, and both G-EUNA & G-EUNB (Speedbird 1 & 2) use US emigration pre-clearence facilities there 6 days a week on the LCY - JFK route, it would be nice to catch one, save me a trip to the UK lol.


No plans to repaint the A318's anytime soon, I believe the dove scheme will only be on A319's.

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Sat 07 Apr 2012, 8:23 pm

I'm not sure if I like it or not, but I'd be happy to photograph it!

Re: British Airways Olympic Livery (Updated)

Sat 07 Apr 2012, 8:35 pm

Moss.ie wrote:
RRconway wrote:
Moss.ie wrote:is there any way to find out which aircraft they plan to change to the "dove from above" paintscheme?


Do you mean types or regs?
For what reason?

Cheers,
Jeff.


Hi Jeff,
nothing sinister, EINN is my local, and both G-EUNA & G-EUNB (Speedbird 1 & 2) use US emigration pre-clearence facilities there 6 days a week on the LCY - JFK route, it would be nice to catch one, save me a trip to the UK lol,

regards

Moss

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Moss,
As Chris said, 99.99% sure it will only be A319s.

I've PMd you.

Cheers,
Jeff.
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