The Voyager transport aircraft, tasked with flying senior ministers to global events and summits, will be repainted at a cost of £900,000.
The Voyager aircraft in question had been been refitted at a cost of about £10m in 2016, in order to save about £775,000 per year as a dedicated aircraft is typically cheaper than chartering flights.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said of the decision to repaint the jet from its standard grey:
“The £900,000 cost incorporates the cost of creating a design that will promote the UK around the world without compromising the plane’s vital military role. Voyager can better represent the UK around the world with national branding. All of the work has been done in the UK.”
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The aircraft is used by the Prime Minister, other ministers and senior members of the Royal Family for official engagements.
Official flights using either Royal Squadron planes or long haul charter, cost on average £6,700 per flying hour while using a Voyager aircraft would cost £2,000. It would be available for refuelling when it wasn’t in use.
The Airbus A330 Voyager is an aerial refuelling tanker aircraft with transport capabilities and is based on the civilian Airbus A330. The multi-role A330 tanker/transport has been ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Air Force, United Arab Emirates Air Force, Royal Saudi Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force.
A spokesman for the Royal Air Force said: “An RAF Voyager is currently in Cambridgeshire for pre-planned works.”
According to Sky News here, Mr Johnson as foreign secretary in 2018 said he would like a “Brexit plane” to help him travel the world. Sky report that Mr Johnson said spending money on a new aircraft, which would promote the government’s vision of global Britain, would be justified if costs were not “exorbitant”.