Gold-painted British Airways plane, ‘Firefly’ to carry Olympic flame to the UK

Smoking on this flight is allowed. The Olympic flame is being flown to the UK on a special gold-painted BA plane.

British Airways' gold-coloured jet in hangar

British Airways isn’t just flying the flag for Britain.

Today the airline is flying the Olympic torch from Athens to the UK on a gold-painted A319 jet, named Firefly.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given BA permission to carry the flame on the four-hour journey from Athens to the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose near Helston, Cornwall.

The special flight (BA 2012) is due to touch down at 7:20pm tonight, ready for the start of a 70-day torch relay around the UK.

British Airways says the torch will be safely stored in a Davy (safety) lamp, which will be strapped across two seats on board.

The torch will share a ride with dignitaries including footballer David Beckham and London 2012 chairman Seb Coe.

Going for gold

BA has also been busy painting its ‘dove’ themed planes that will fly passengers during this summer’s Olympics.

The first plane was recently unveiled at its Heathrow hangar.

British Airways' gold-coloured jet in hangar

Source: British Airways

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