The makeover of the prime minister’s plane has been revealed, with a new Union flag on the tailfin and ‘United Kingdom’ written in gold on the fuselage.
Before this, it was just a military grey colour, but Boris Johnson decided this wasn’t up to scratch.
The RAF Voyager was repainted white at a cost of almost £1 million.
Downing Street said the work would cost ‘around £900,000’ and would mean that the plane could better represent the UK around the world with ‘national branding’.
But the cost of the respray was condemned by opposition politicians when it was revealed earlier this month.
Officials have insisted the plane would still be able to fulfil its military role as an air-to-air refuelling tanker.
At the time the price tag 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.’
Mr Johnson has previously questioned why the plane was grey, saying he would like to have a ‘Brexit plane’ to help him travel the world and promote the Government’s vision of global Britain.
He also complained in 2018 while foreign secretary that the RAF Voyager jet, which is shared by the Prime Minister, senior Cabinet members and the royal family, ‘never seems to be available’.
Reaction to the plane’s new look was mixed.
One man wrote: ‘The new paint job on the PM’s plane is done…SWEEEEEEEET! Nice work Boris.’
But another asked: ‘It cost £900,000 to paint this plane. How much PPE equipment is that?’
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