Virgin Atlantic Airways recently unveiled a new aircraft livery and brand identity for the airline. The new design which will be applied progressively to all of the company’s 38 aircraft, was showcased on one of Virgin Atlantic’s Boeing 747-400 aircraft G-VROC named Mustang Sally. The carrier last had a makeover in 2005.
Other new features include:
- Virgin script on the inner side of the aircraft winglets, visible to passengers onboard the plane
- An entirely new paint system on the new livery specially developed to achieve a very reflective depth of metallic colour. This colour is unique to the carrier.
- The iconic, flag-carrying, flying lady has now had a subtle makeover holding a larger Union Jack flag.
Over 450 litres of paint was used for the aircraft and took about 3,500 man hours to paint. However, the new paint process has been simplified to reduce effort and material usage. The new paint is also more durable, so aircraft will only require re-painting once every ten years.
Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic comments indicate that Virgin will deploy this new livery for it’s soon to be inducted Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The new livery uses an entirely new paint system which is unique to Virgin Atlantic – a first on commercial aircraft. It has been specially developed to achieve a highly reflective depth of metallic colour.
The new livery and logo were developed by Johnson Banks, in collaboration with the in-house brand design team, led by Joe Ferry and Nina Jenkins.