British Airways’ Retro Landor Boeing 747 Lands In Heathrow For The First Time

British Airways’ latest retro jet has landed at Heathrow. The 747, sporting the airline’s previous Landor livery, touched down in London at around 1045UTC yesterday, on Saturday, March 9th. Judging by the reaction on social media, this is the most repaint to date as many recognise it from years gone by.

British Airways is in the midst of repainting 4 aircraft in retro liveries from its past. The airline is celebrating its 100th year in 2019. The first flight of aircraft Transport and Travel limited between London and Paris took place on the 25th of August 1919.

The British Airways 747 in Landor livery arrives at London Heathrow on 09 March 2019.
Photo: Nick Morrish/British Airways

City Of Swansea

The latest aircraft to receive the retro livery is a British Airways 747. The aircraft registered G-BNLY, is 26 years old. The Landor livery was last worn by this aircraft in 1997, 22 years ago, as this 747 was delivered in the livery it has been repainted in. Back then it was named “The City of Swansea”, and as such, has regained this name.

Half of the reason that the Landor livery is the most popular yet is the number of people who remember seeing it. The BOAC livery and BEA livery were last used in 45 years ago, in 1974, when the companies were merged into British Airways. However, the Landor livery was adopted in 1984 and was last seen 14 years later in 1998.

The 747 sporting its new livery. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography/British Airways

Positive Response

The newest livery has had plenty of positive feedback on social media. The BOAC livery received a lot of good feedback, mostly due to nostalgia. Secondly, the BEA livery, painted on an A319, got mostly positive feedback, with a few negative comments about the grey wing. However, almost all of the feedback regarding the Landor livery has been positive.

So far the 747 has made a return trip to Miami and is today flying out to Vancouver. Tomorrow it is scheduled to fly back from Vancouver before making a return trip to Cape Town. After this, it will likely be rotated around other 747 destinations. The 747 will wear the livery until it is retired in 2023 when it is due to be retired.

The aircraft is the third in a series of 3 heritage repaints. Photo: Nick Morrish/British Airways

What’s Next?

British Airways had confirmed to Simple Flying that they would be repainting four aircraft, however, the livery of the fourth aircraft is currently being kept under wraps. It is believed that G-CIVB will be the final aircraft as if flew out to Dublin as the Landor aircraft flew back.

It was believed that G-BNLY would be repainted in the company’s old Negus livery, and G-CIVB would be painted in the Landor livery. However, seeing as G-BNLY was repainted in the Landor livery, Simple Flying believes that the final livery will be the Negus livery. We will update you when this is confirmed by British Airways.

What do you think of the Landor Livery? What will the final livery be? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!