British Airways has announced the third of its four heritage liveries, which are marking the airline’s centenary.
The ‘retro’ livery was announced to be the Landor Associates livery, which the British flag carrier’s fleet wore from 1984 to 1997. A Boeing 747-400, registered as G-BNLY, is due to roll out of painting facilities in Dublin in the coming weeks, wearing the same livery it was delivered to the airline in February 1993, and the same name of ‘City of Swansea’.
It is presumed that the aircraft will remain in the heritage livery until it is retired in 2023/2024, as is the case with the previous two announced liveries. A Boeing 747-400, G-BYGC, is painted in the BOAC colours from 1970 and an Airbus A319, G-EUPJ, is also currently in Dublin being painted into the British European Airways (BEA) livery. The former is due for retirement in 2023 and the A319’s retirement is planned for 2020.
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