British Airways is celebrating 100 years of flying this year, and given the era we live in, 100 years of sustaining an airline is a huge deal. As a part of their centennial celebrations, British Airways is reliving history by repainting some of its aircraft in British Airways Heritage Livery.
We already saw a Boeing 747-400 (G-BYGC) being unveiled in a stunning BOAC livery last month. British Airways followed it up by revealing a retro BEA livery on an A319 (G-EUPJ). The third Heritage livery was the stunning Landor livery also on a Boeing 747-400 (G-BNLY). All these aircraft have already entered scheduled commercial service and will retain the retro livery till their retirement.
Here she is, the return of our iconic Landor livery on an equally iconic aircraft – a @BoeingAirplanes 747. Keep a lookout for the next in our series of heritage aircraft! #BA100 #Landor #Centenary pic.twitter.com/CBmFNI9VfN
— British Airways (@British_Airways) March 9, 2019
British Airways recently announced the fourth and the final heritage livery as a part of the centenary celebrations. A Boeing 747-400 (G-CIVB) will be adorning the erstwhile Negus livery. The 747-400 is already being painted at the paint shop since March 9, 2019. It will join the roster soon and will wear the livery till its retirement in 2022.
The Negus design adorned the British Airways fleet from 1974 to 1980, directly after the merger of BOAC and BEA. The Negus livery was the first time an aircraft had carried the words “British Airways“ since 1939.
According to Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO,
Rumours have been circulating for quite some time about this final livery, so it’s exciting to confirm it is the Negus design. It’s particularly significant for us because it’s the first design worn by the British Airways that we all know today, with the distinctive lower case ‘a’ and the Union Flag on the tailfin.
There is nothing like the Queen of the Skies, but sadly for India, British Airways doesn’t operate a Boeing 747 service on any Indian routes currently. So we won’t catch any of the heritage liveries here in India in the foreseeable future.
Are you excited for the Negus-liveried Retrojet Boeing 747?