British Airways (BA) today unveiled the second in its series of heritage liveries – a British European Airways (BEA) design on an Airbus A319 – which touched down at Heathrow Airport this morning.
The arrival drew large crowds to Shannon Airport, where the aircraft was painted, and then Heathrow, BA’s main hub.
The 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 requirements.
The aircraft, which has been painted to mark BA’s centenary, enters service this afternoon with its maiden commercial flight in its new colours from Heathrow to Manchester Airport.
After this, it will continue to fly routes across the UK and Europe, with the design remaining on the aircraft until it retires next year. As with the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) liveried 747, the aircraft can be followed using tracking website Flightradar24, which will feature a special image of the livery.
The BEA liveried A319 is the second aircraft with heritage designs to enter the BA fleet following the arrival of its BOAC 747 long-haul counterpart last month. Next to arrive with be another 747, this time with a BA Landor livery. And one final design will be revealed later this month as the airline celebrates its past while looking to the future.