In Pictures: BA unveils BEA A319 as latest retrojet

BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)

British Airways (BA/BAW) unveiled its latest retrojet at London Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL) this morning and just like the BOAC 747, it drew a crowd.

The latest livery to be revived from history is that of BEA and it is being proudly worn by Airbus A319 G-EUPJ.

British European Airways (BEA) operated from 1946 through to 1974 when it was merged with BOAC, and ultimately British Airways.

Airbus A319 G-EUPJ arrives at London Heathrow (Image: Nick Morrish/British Airways)
Airbus A319 G-EUPJ arrives at London Heathrow (Image: Nick Morrish/ British Airways)

The livery worn by G-EUPJ was primarily worn on domestic and European routes between 1959 and 1968. There is one aspect missing though, due to modern regulations the aircraft has a grey upper wing, rather than the traditional red. This is necessary to meet current wing paint reflectivity requirements.

G-EUPJ in her BEA livery at Heathrow (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
G-EUPJ in her BEA livery at Heathrow (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “It was another really special day as we welcomed our BEA liveried A319 in to Heathrow this morning, which forms part of our centenary heritage fleet. Yet again there were huge crowds lining the perimeter fence to see the aircraft coming in, which shows just how excited people are about these designs. We’ve been overwhelmed with positive feedback from customers and colleagues.”

BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ gets marshalled into position at Heathrow (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ gets marshalled into position at Heathrow (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
G-EUPJ in her BEA livery at Heathrow (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
G-EUPJ in her BEA livery at Heathrow (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
The crew of BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
The crew of BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
The full colours of BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
BEA Airbus A319 G-EUPJ with her crew (Image: Jamie Woodhouse-Wright/Aviation Media Co.)
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