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With a new beak, feathery body and sharp tail in steaks of gold, British
Airways has unveiled "The Dove" - the first jet specially painted to mark the
London 2012 Olympic Games.
The British national carrier announced that some tens of thousands of its
customers travelling to Europe over the next year will have the chance to fly
on one of nine celebratory 'Dove’ aircrafts.
The exterior designs were done by artist-designer Pascal Anson, who was
mentored by Tracey Emin.
The first "Dove" - an Airbus A319 - has been painted with gold strokes to
represent the feathers.
The cockpit has been resprayed to look like a beak, with the body, wings and
tail also getting a makeover.
Doves are internationally recognised as a symbol of peace and social unity
and were used at the London Games in 1948.
Emin and Anson unveiled the new design in a hanger at London's Heathrow
Airport on April 3, 2012.
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