Retro 757 from BA

October 5: With the imminent retirement of the Boeing 757 from British Airways’ inventory, an aircraft has been painted in a ‘retro’ paint scheme from the type’s introduction into service in 1983.
BA was the launch customer for the 757 and eventually acquired a fleet of 54, with just three remaining in service today. With a second new Boeing 777-300ER now in service and more on the way, the 757 will be retired from operations at the end of the month.
G-CPET has been repainted in the airline’s 1983 ‘Negus & Negus’ livery and has been named ‘Stokesay Castle’, recalling the time when 40 of the fleet were named after famous castles around the UK. Stokesay Castle is near Ludlow in Shropshire.
Captain Stephen Riley, director of flight operations, said “Back in 1983, the Boeing 757 was at the cutting edge of aviation technology, enhancing our capability to land in thick fog. This allowed British Airways to fly when rival carriers would be grounded.”
The last scheduled flights for the Boeing 757s will be on Saturday, October 30.