London - After putting a Boeing 747-400 in service with a retro livery, British Airways is preparing to paint another aircraft reflecting its historical legacy. This time an Airbus A319 with the colors of British European Airways, one of the predecessors of British Airways together with BOAC.
The aircraft will be painted in Shannon, Ireland. This year the British airline will continue to offer a series of aircraft in retro colors to commemorate the100th anniversary of the British flag carrier. Although the airline itself is only 45 years old, it traces its origins to 1919 when Air Transport & Travel Ltd (AT&T) made its first flight from London to Paris on 25 August 1919 with an Airco DeHavilland 4A aircraft, powered by a single Rolls-Royce engine. It was the first regular international service in the world.
Through a series of takeovers and mergers, British Airways claims a part of its legacy back to Aircraft Transport and Travel. British Airways was founded with the merger of the BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) and BEA (British European Airlines) in 1974.
The A319 registered G-EUPJ will appear on European flights next month. The livery used was originally worn by BEA between 1959 and 1968. But the painting on the A319 will differ slightly from that of the former livery. The wings will remain gray while they were used to be red.