New footage has emerged of the British government’s repainted Airbus A330-200 taking off from Cambridge Airport, after the £900,000 price-tag stirred controversy in Westminster.
At the time, Downing Street pushed back on criticism that the money could have been better spent amid a global pandemic that has battered the country, assuring taxpayers the rebranding helps “promote the UK around the world”. The aircraft, ZZ336, was previously painted in drab grey Royal Air Force livery.
Liberal Democrat education spokesman Layla Moran said that “this is a colossal waste of taxpayers’ money. The same money could be spent providing an extra £15 school meals voucher to 60,000 children”.
A sneak-peak of the distinctive tail-end livery was released yesterday, and reported by World of Aviation.
Social media was awash with suggested names for the rebranded planes, along the lines of the US Air Force One.
Among others, these included: “Hair Force One”, “Air Farce One”, “Clown Force One” and “Borisjet”.
Other trending critics even suggested out that the Union Jack had been painted incorrectly, citing British flag protocol:
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