British Airways has revealed the second design
in its series of heritage liveries to mark the airline’s centenary
- an Airbus 319 will be painted in the colours of the airline’s
short-haul predecessor, British European Airways (BEA).
The A319, reg G-EUPJ, is being 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.
It will return to Heathrow and enter service
this 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 and CEO,
said, “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