Boris Johnson’s official plane is getting a Union Jack paint job — at a cost of £900,000.
The RAF Voyager plane, also used by the royal family, is currently undergoing “national branding,” Downing Street confirmed Wednesday.
Johnson has previously complained about the “drab” gray exterior of the military aircraft, which has been converted to accommodate British diplomatic delegations.
Asked about a Sky News report that the plane would be painted red, white and blue at the rear of its fuselage and on the fin, Johnson’s official spokesman said: “The RAF Voyager used by the royal family and the prime minister is currently in Cambridgeshire for pre-planned repainting. This will mean that the plane can better represent the U.K. around the world with national branding … while also maintaining its military air-to-air refuelling capability.”
The spokesman said the new color scheme would bring the aircraft “in line with many other leaders’ planes” that have national branding.
Taxpayers will foot the £900,000 bill, which incorporates a design that will “promote the U.K around the world” while allowing the plane to continue to perform its military role. “Value for money for the taxpayer” was taken into account, the spokesperson said.
Asked what the plane would look like, they added: “I’ve not seen it. That’s not my department.”
According to the local media, the new color scheme was described as sounding like “something out of Austin Powers.” The spoof British spy had a Union Jack-themed Jaguar car, although his plane had more of a psychedelia-inspired paint job. Other famous red, white and blue modes of transport include the Union Jack bus featured in the film “Spice World,” which took the Spice Girls on tour.
It is not known whether Johnson has seen “Spice World.”
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