Last week, British Airways revealed that it would be painting an Airbus A319 in the colours of its short-haul predecessor, British European Airways (BEA) to mark the airline’s 100th anniversary.
Now, G-EUPJ has rolled out of the paint shop at Shannon Airport and will be arriving back at Heathrow Airport later this morning.
British Airways will be operating the aircraft on its network across the UK and Europe, with the design remaining on the aircraft until it retires next year.
BA announces latest heritage livery
On Friday, British Airways revealed the third design in its series of heritage liveries to mark the airline’s centenary – a Boeing 747 painted in the iconic Landor design.
The Boeing 747-400, registration G-BNLY, entered the IAC paint bay at Dublin Airport earlier last week where it will be repainted with the Landor livery, which adorned the British Airways fleet from 1984-1997. Design features include the British Airways coat of arms with the motto To Fly. To Serve. on the tail fin, with a stylised section of the Union Flag.
It will also be re-named ‘City of Swansea’, the name the aircraft had when it originally sported the Landor livery. The livery also features the airline’s centenary logo, which is proudly displayed on all the centenary heritage liveried aircraft.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “Today’s announcement follows the exciting arrival of our BOAC 747 aircraft and the upcoming unveiling of an A319 in BEA colours. The passion and pride we’ve seen for our heritage liveries so far, from both customers and colleagues, has been both phenomenal and humbling.
“We’re really thrilled to announce Landor as the latest iconic scheme to join the fleet as part of our centenary celebrations and we’re sure this excitement will be reflected around the world.”
G-BNLY will return to Heathrow and enter service later this month, flying across BA’s long-haul network until the aircraft retires in 2023.
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