The gold-nose British Airways aircraft that brought Team GB home from Rio is getting ready for its next mission – bringing ParalympicsGB home from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, arriving on Tuesday September 20.
In preparation for its prestigious journey, the aircraft has been getting a makeover including a nose polish, full body clean and getting a new hashtag emblazoned on its livery – this time reading #BAckSupercharged
ParalympicsGB depart on flight BA2016 from Rio de Janeiro on Monday September 19and arrive in to Heathrow Terminal 5 on Tuesday September 20 at 9am, to an invite-only media reception.
On her 11 hour 15 minute journey from Rio de Janeiro, ‘victoRIOus’ will carry 585 items of kit and equipment, some of which include; archery tackle, racing chairs, tennis chairs, throwing frames, leg bags, prosthetic bags, running blades, fencing foils, paddle tubes, solo bikes and tandem bikes. The heaviest piece of kit is a hand bike weighing 32kg.
On board the flight, athletes can enjoy over 1,300 hours of films, top TV shows and audio programmes. This includes a ‘Swimming with dolphins’ documentary with Paralympic athlete Ellie Simmonds, classic sporting movie ‘Chariots of Fire’ and a number of new movies including; The Jungle Book, Dad’s Army, Hail Caesar, Me Before You, Love & Friendship and The Nice Guys.