April 12 2019  |  Airline & Terminal News

British Airways shares photos of heritage liveried aircraft

By PAX International

A BA flight attendant poses with the four heritage liveried aircraft

For the first time, British Airways (BA) has brought together its four repainted heritage liveried aircraft, updated to mark the airline’s 100th anniversary, for a series of photos, alongside an A319 in the current Chatham Dockyard livery.

Fifty-thousand customers have already flown around the globe on the four heritage liveries since they re-joined the fleet, with the 747s having traveled to destinations such as New York, Cape Town, Dubai and Lagos, while the BEA liveried A319 has flown far and wide across the airlines’ UK and European network to cities including Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Milan, Zurich and Amsterdam.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said in a statement: “The excitement and pride that we’ve witnessed from customers and colleagues as these heritage liveries, which we painted to mark our centenary, have flown around the globe has been unparalleled.

“Social media has been fired up with images from travelers all over the world when they’ve spotted the aircraft and as some 50,000 people have now flown on them since they arrived back in the fleet we wanted to capture a special photo to share with them.”

To capture the photo, the four heritage aircraft, which were in scheduled downtime and parked at the airline’s engineering base, were lined up alongside an aircraft with the current Chatham Dockyard design. Arranging the aircraft for the photo took over two hours.

The retro designs are part of a special series to mark British Airways’ centenary, as the airline celebrates its past while looking to the future and can be followed using tracking website Flightradar24, which features special images of the aircraft.

British Airways is hosting a range of activities and events to recognize its 100th year. The airline is also hosting BA 2119 - a program which will lead the debate on the future of flying and explore the future of sustainable aviation fuels, the aviation careers of the future and the customer experience of the future.

The airline will be working with expert partners to identify BA’s 100 Great Britons - the people up and down the country who are currently shaping modern Britain - and of course, the year would not be complete without some special flying and moments for customers.

The centenary activity is taking place alongside the airline’s current five-year £6.5 billion (approximately US$8.5 billion) investment for customers. This includes the installation of the best quality WiFi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline has also revealed a brand-new Business Class seat with direct aisle access, the Club Suite, which will debut on the A350 later this year.

It took over two hours to arrange the aircraft for the series of photos

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