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Zund UK is proud that one of its machines, a Zund PN M1200 owned and operated by British Airways has played a key role in the creation of a special fleet of Dove aircraft as part of the BA Great Britons programme, celebrating the best in British talent in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The special Dove aircraft design is all encompassing of the livery, using the cockpit for its beak, fuselage and wings for its main body and wings, and the tailfin as its tail. The aircraft are white with gold strokes of paint to represent the feathers.
Ensuring that the unique design could be successfully applied to the BA fleet of aircraft was a complex task that was expertly managed by Phil Purbrick, BA Graphics Engineer who works in the BA Graphics Department.
Phil has worked with Zund machines for 18 years and his skill with the Zund PN M1200 and knowledge of the BA fleet ensured that the design could be successfully converted into the stencils that were laid onto the aeroplane prior to spray painting.
“The BA Dove aircraft is definitely one of the most intricate projects that I have been involved with. Knowing that I could rely on the Zund PN M1200 to perform was really important. It’s never let me down in all these years,” said Phil.
British Airways replaced their original Zund plotter with the Zund PN M1200 three years ago, after having their previous model, a Zund P1200 for 15 years.
BA was confident in choosing the new Zund PN M1200. As Dennis Griffiths, BA’s Fleet Logistics Co-ordinator who manages the BA Graphics Department, explains: “There was never any question in our mind that we would purchase another Zund. Investing in a Zund makes sound business sense as you get an excellent high quality piece of engineering kit as well as being guaranteed excellent service and support from the team at Zund UK.”
The BA Graphics Department are involved in lots of different projects for departments across British Airways, including both aircraft livery and in-house branding and marketing projects.