British Airways’ Airbus A319, G-EUPJ, has arrived at Heathrow painted in the second (1959-1968) version of the British European Airways ‘Red Box’ livery. It is the second BA airliner to adopt a retro colour scheme as part of the carrier’s ‘BA 100’ anniversary celebrations.
‘Papa Juliet’ was painted at the IAC paint shop at Shannon Airport last week before positioning to Heathrow as flight number BA100 on the morning of March 4.
There is one significant difference with the replica; the aircraft has grey upper wings, rather than the traditional red, to meet current wing paint reflectivity requirements.
The A319 is scheduled to enter service later today, flying across the UK and Europe, with the design remaining on the aircraft until it retires next year.
The first BA 100 heritage livery to enter service was the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) colours applied to a Boeing 747-400, which touched down at Heathrow on February 18.