British Airways brought together its four heritage liveried aircraft for a rare photo shoot to mark the fact that 50,000 customers have already flown around the world in them.
The nostalgic images were captured this morning at London’s Heathrow Airport – and the four planes were snapped alongside an A319 in the airline’s current Chatham Dockyard design to highlight how the livery has evolved.
The three Boeing 747s – one in a British Overseas Airways Corporation livery (1964-1974), one in the Landor design (1984-1997) and the other in the Negus style (1974-1980) – have travelled to destinations including New York, Cape Town, Dubai and Lagos.
All four of British Airways’ stunning aircraft in heritage liveries were brought together today for a rare photoshoot. They are, from back, a Boeing 747 in a British Overseas Airways Corporation livery, an Airbus A319 in the colours of British European Airways, a Boeing 747 in a British Airways Negus livery, another Airbus A319 in the current Chatham Dockyard design and another Boeing 747 in a British Airways Landor livery
The BEA liveried Airbus A319 (1959-1968) has flown across the airline’s UK and European network to cities including Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Milan, Zurich and Amsterdam.
To capture the photos, the four heritage aircraft, which were in scheduled downtime, were parked at the airline’s engineering base.
The painstaking process of arranging them for the photo took over two hours.
The retro designs are part of a special series to mark British Airways’ centenary, and can be followed using tracking website Flightradar24, which features special images of the aircraft
To capture the photos, the four heritage aircraft, which were in scheduled downtime, were parked at the airline’s engineering base. The painstaking process of arranging them for the photo took over two hours
The retro designs are part of a special series to mark British Airways’ centenary, and can be followed using tracking website Flightradar24, which features special images of the aircraft.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and CEO, said: ‘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 travellers 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.’
British Airways is hosting a range of activities and events to mark its 100th birthday.
British Airways cabin crew stand in front of the four planes at the BA engineering base at London’s Heathrow Airport
The centenary activity is taking place alongside the airline’s current five-year £6.5billion investment for customers
As well as looking back, the airline is also hosting BA 2119, a programme that 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 also 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.
The centenary activity is taking place alongside the airline’s current five-year £6.5billion investment for customers.
This includes the installation of 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 Airbus A350 later this year.