British Airways unveiled the second in its
series of heritage liveries on Sunday, a British European Airways
(BEA) design on an Airbus 319.
A319, registration G-EUPJ, is adorned with the BEA livery which
flew predominantly on domestic and European routes between 1959
and 1968. However, there is one significant difference with the
replica, the aircraft will have a grey upper wing, rather than the
traditional red, to meet current wing paint reflectivity
The aircraft will now operate routes across the
UK and Europe until it retires next year.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said, “It was
another really special day as we welcomed our BEA liveried A319 in
to Heathrow ... Yet again there were huge crowds lining the
perimeter fence to see the aircraft coming in, which shows just
how excited people are about these designs. We’ve been overwhelmed
with positive feedback from customers and colleagues.”
liveried A319 is the second aircraft with heritage designs to
enter the British Airways fleet following the arrival of its BOAC
747 long-haul counterpart last month. Next to arrive with be
another 747, this time with a British Airways Landor livery. And
one final design will be revealed later this month as the airline
celebrates its past while looking to the future.