Aircraft

New-Look VIP Voyager Unveiled After £900k Paint Job

The Ministry of Defence has paid for the maintenance work carried out on the aircraft.

A £900,000 paint job on a UK military plane used by VIPs has been unveiled.

The RAF Voyager, which is used to transport the Prime Minister, royals and senior cabinet ministers, has gone from grey to bright white, with a Union Flag on the aircraft's tail.

The words 'United Kingdom' have also been printed on the fuselage in gold.

The aircraft, which is known as 'Vespina', as well as 'ZZ336' after its military registration number, flew from Cambridge to RAF Brize Norton earlier today.

The £900,000 maintenance work has been funded by the Ministry of Defence.

Downing Street said the "national branding" represents "value for money", amid criticism from some MPs.

Boris Johnson had previously complained about the grey paint scheme used on the jet, along with its availability.

In 2018, then as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson said he would like to have a "Brexit jet".

He was also quoted as asking: "Why does it have to be grey?".

The re-sprayed Voyager was spotted at Cambridge Airport (Picture: PA).

The public got a glimpse of the aircraft as it emerged from a hangar at Cambridge Airport, where it had received the re-spray.

Officials have insisted the plane will still be able to fulfill its military role as an air-to-air refuelling tanker.

At the time the cost of the work was revealed, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: "That incorporates the cost of creating a design that will promote the UK around the world without compromising the plane’s vital military role.

"At every stage we have worked to ensure value for money for the UK taxpayer and all of the work has been undertaken in the UK, directly benefiting British suppliers."

It is thought the new look is intended to promote a global image of Britain during official travel.

Air Commodore Simon Edwards, the Senior Responsible officer for the project said: "The aircraft’s new paint scheme will better reflect its prestige role which we are proud to undertake."