A Royal Air Pressure airplane utilized by U.Okay. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on official journeys is getting a pink, white and blue paint job at a value of just about 1 million kilos ($1.25 million).
Johnson’s spokesman, James Slack, mentioned Wednesday that the grey RAF Voyager was being painted within the colours of the Union Jack to “higher signify the U.Okay. around the globe, with nationwide branding just like different leaders’ planes.”
Not like another world leaders, British prime ministers don’t have a airplane of their very own. A plan within the early 2000s by former Prime Minister Tony Blair to purchase a authorities jet — dubbed “Blair Pressure One” — was later scrapped to save cash.
The Voyager additionally carries different senior ministers and members of the royal family on abroad journeys, and is utilized by the air drive for air-to-air refueling.
Johnson complained in 2018 in regards to the drab official airplane, asking “why does it should be grey?” and saying he would love a “Brexit airplane” to assist promote the U.Okay. around the globe.
Johnson’s workplace mentioned the paint job, estimated to value 900,000 kilos, wouldn’t have an effect on the airplane’s navy function.
However opposition Labour Get together lawmaker Louise Haigh questioned the knowledge of “spending virtually one million kilos redecorating a airplane which in all chance has been grounded for months due to the coronavirus” pandemic.