British Airways celebrates centenary with British European Airways livery

British Airways celebrates centenary with British European Airways livery

British Airways has revealed the second design in its series of heritage liveries to mark the airline’s centenary.

The celebrate the milestone an Airbus A319 painted in the colours of the airline’s short-haul predecessor, British European Airways.

The announcement comes after crowds turned out to see the first heritage livery – a 747 in British Overseas Airways Corporation colours – touch down at Heathrow on Monday.

The A319, reg G-EUPJ, will enter the IAC paint bay at Shannon Airport this weekend where it will be repainted with the BEA livery which flew predominantly on domestic and European routes between 1959 and 1968.

However, there will be a significant difference with the replica; the aircraft will have a grey upper wing, rather than the traditional red, to meet current wing paint reflectivity requirements.

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It will return to Heathrow and enter service next month flying across the UK and Europe, with the design remaining on the aircraft until it retires next year.

The aircraft can be followed using tracking website Flightradar24, which will feature a special image of the livery.

Alex Cruz, British Airways chairman, said: “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.”

Both the BEA and the BOAC heritage liveries are part of a special series to mark British Airways’ centenary, as the airline celebrates its past while looking to the future.

More replica designs will be revealed in due course, while all new aircraft entering the fleet, including the A350, will continue to receive today’s Chatham Dockyard design.