LONDON – British Airways has announced the next heritage livery that will take to the skies over the next few weeks.
An Airbus A319, registered as G-EUPJ will be painted in British European Airways (BEA) colours in Shannon, Ireland over the course of this weekend.
The BEA colours reflect the domestic and European routes that were operated between 1959 and 1968.
This comes after the successful launch of the British Overseas Airways Corporation Boeing 747 livery for G-BYGC that was painted and has since done revenue flights to the likes of New York and Washington D.C.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, commented on this next retro livery.
“There’s been plenty of speculation about our next heritage livery, so it’s great to finally be able to make this exciting announcement.”
“BEA is an important part of our history, and many customers and colleagues will have fond memories flying on its aircraft.”
“We’re sure this latest livery will bring back a flood of emotions and pride in not only British Airways, but the UK’s impressive aviation history – and what better time to do that than in our centenary year as we celebrate our past and look to the future. I can’t wait to see this classic design taking back to the skies.”
As for the BEA colours itself, the A319s will be different to the replica in the sense that the aircraft will have a grey upper wing rather than the traditional red due to wing paint reflectivity requirements.
Additional replica liveries are to be announced in due time with new aircraft, such as its Airbus A350s, will be painted in the usual Chatham Dockyard design that we see today.
This is representing the centenary celebrations that have are to take place over the course of this year.
These celebrations are a good way for the airline to market its £6.5 billion investment for customers, which includes the installation of new WiFi and power in every seat as well as fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and receiving 72 new aircraft.