Second British Airways retro livery announced

A Hawker-Siddeley Trident 2 of BEA. Photo: © Alan Wilson

British Airways has confirmed the second retro livery to be applied to one of its aircraft in celebration of its centenary.

An Airbus A319, registered as G-EUPJ, will fly to Dublin for repainting on the weekend of the 23rd/24th February and will be rolled out in early March. It will wear the livery of British European Airways (BEA), a direct precursor to the British Airways name, which was launched when BEA and BOAC merged in 1974.

Airbus A319 in BEA colours. Image: © British Airways.

Earlier this week the UK Flag Carrier unveiled its first retro livery aircraft, Boeing 747-400 G-BYGC, which is now in revenue service sporting the BOAC livery from 1970. The 20 year-old aircraft will keep the special paint scheme until its planned retirement from service in 2023.

Boeing 747-400, G-BYGC, wearing the BOAC livery. Photo: © Steve Lynes

British Airways reportedly plans to paint a total of four aircraft into retro liveries, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the airline’s lineage.