February 19: Airbus, Bristol International Airport and easyJet launched the ‘BAC 100’ celebration of 100 years of aviation in and around Bristol in the UK.
To mark the occasion an easyJet Airbus A319 was named ‘Sir George White’ after the founder of the Bristol Aeroplane Company (BAC) at Filton in 1910, today home to Airbus Industries manufacturing plant and Bristol International Airport.
Andy Harrison, Chief Executive Officer of easyJet, said “We are proud to honour Sir George White’s pioneering spirit. Like Airbus, which has evolved from modest roots in Bristol to become a world market leader, easyJet has grown from a small airline with two aircraft to Europe’s number one air transport network in just 15 years.” Tom Williams, Airbus’ Executive Vice-President of Programmes, said “BAC 100 celebrates technology, innovation and advanced engineering in the West of England, past, present and future. For 100 years, Airbus and hundreds of other companies have led the technological development of our industry, and designed and manufactured some of the world’s leading aircraft and engines right here in this quiet corner of the UK. Airbus is proud of our heritage in Bristol, and proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of the industry during the BAC 100 celebrations this year.”
BAC 100 will commemorate and promote the West of England’s technological achievements throughout the year with education and arts projects, exhibitions, publications and community-based events, among other activities. It is a collaboration between local authorities, businesses and business organisations, heritage groups, arts organisations and other bodies, including Airbus, GWE Business West and Rolls-Royce. Events will not only look at a landmark in aviation history but also explore future challenges and aspirations in aviation design and travel, and consider the wider role of science and technology in shaping the region. For more information about BAC 100, go to www.bac2010.co.uk.