British Airways revealed Thursday the fourth and final design in its series of heritage liveries to mark the airline’s centenary – a Boeing 747-400 painted in the Negus design.
G-CIVB entered the IAC paint bay at Dublin Airport last Saturday where it is being repainted with the first version of the Negus livery which adorned the British Airways fleet from 1974-1980, directly after the merger of BOAC and BEA which formed the airline known today.
When it was introduced, the Negus livery marked the first time an aircraft had carried the “British Airways” name brand since 1939 when the original British Airways Limited merged with Imperial Airways to form BOAC.
The Negus is the fourth and final heritage design to be painted on a British Airways aircraft following a British Overseas Airways Corporate (BOAC) liveried Boeing 747, a British European Airways (BEA) Airbus A319, and a British Airways Landor 747, all of which are now in service.
The special series of designs are being introduced to mark 100 years of British Airways. Alongside the heritage liveries, all new aircraft entering the fleet, including the A350, will continue to receive today’s Chatham Dockyard design.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “Rumours have been circulating for quite some time about this final livery, so it’s exciting to confirm it is the Negus design. It’s particularly significant for us because it’s the first design worn by the British Airways that we all know today, with the distinctive lower case ‘a’ and the Union Flag on the tailfin.”
The repainted 747 will return to Heathrow and enter service later this month on British Airways’ 747 long-haul route network. The design will remain on the aircraft until its retirement in 2022.