Unusual aircraft at LHR.

Whilst dispatching a flight this morning I took a look over to 27R as one does, and I saw a very unfamiliar aircraft on its take off roll. I believe it’s an MD80(?) and in a livery I’ve never seen before. No airline operates these into Heathrow, so I was wondering if anyone on the forum has an eagle eye and could enlighten me to what it was!

It lifted off around 10:28Z this morning, and I couldn’t seem to find anything on FR24 in the brief moment I had. Zoom in just above the roof of the triple 7 I was sending out.

Excuse the photo’s, I only had my phone to whip out to get a quick snap.

I understand I cannot post in RWA yet, but if someone could move it I’d appreciate it.

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That’s the World Cup Brazil special livery Md80 I think

@jl27 Moved it for you. Hopefully someone here can recognize this and provide insight.

Congratulations on just reaching TL2 as well.

Good luck,


If you work at Heathrow airport could you not ask people at the airport?

I believe the aircraft was indeed an MD83 owned by Danish Air Transport, on FR24 it’s apparently 27 years old.

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Huh, that’s very unusual but at the same time nice capture. I definitely wouldn’t be able to catch such a MD83. Thanks for sharing.

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Kind of you, thanks a bunch.

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It was leased for the World Cup 4 years ago judging by the livery

Thanks for the answers chaps, never even heard of Danish Air Transport. Quite a neat aircraft to see then.

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