British Airways unveils third ‘retrojet’ to celebrate 100 years

British Airways G-BNLY 747
British Airways G-BNLY 747

Celebrating its centenary year, British Airways has welcomed the arrival of the third in its series of four heritage liveries – a Boeing 747 painted in the Landor design. The aircraft marks the third heritage design to join the fleet, with one final design to be revealed later this month as the airline continues to celebrate.

The G-BNLY 747 touched down at Heathrow Saturday morning and entered service in the afternoon. It will be flying to long-haul destinations, with the ‘retro’ design remaining on the aircraft until it retires in 2023. The new look will be recognisable for many as it flew on British Airways aircraft between 1984-1997.

“Many will remember seeing it in the skies”

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and CEO, said: “The Landor livery is one of our most famous designs, and many will remember seeing it in the skies at some point in their lives. Introducing these liveried aircraft has been a huge honour, and we’re excited to reveal details of the final design soon.”

British Airways 747 G-BNLY
British Airways 747 in Landor livery arrives at London Heathrow (Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

In its centenary year, British Airways is hosting a range of activities and events.

The airline is hosting BA 2119, a debate programme on the future of flying, sustainable aviation fuels, aviation careers and the customer experience of the future. Furthermore, 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 GBP 6.5 billion investment for customers. This includes the installation of the best quality Wi-Fi and power in every seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft.

The airline will also be introducing a new Club World seat with direct aisle access later this year.

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