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​PICTURES: BA’s original Negus scheme set for final 747 retrojet

March 14, 2019 / MAX KINGSLEY-JONES

British Airways has confirmed speculation around its fourth and final retro-livery, revealing that a Boeing 747-400 will be painted in the airline’s original red, white and blue Negus design dating from 1973. The 747-400 (G-CIVB) is currently at Dublin for painting into the first version of the Negus livery featuring full “British airways” titles, which was employed until 1980. This scheme was adopted directly after BA was created following the merger of BOAC and BEA in 1973. A later version of the scheme used “British” titles before the Landor rebrand in 1984. The repainted 747 will enter service later this month from Heathrowon BA’s long-haul network and the scheme will remain on G-CIVB until it retires in 2022. The Negus scheme, named after the Negus & Negus creative agency run by Dick Negus and his wife Pam, joins four other heritage liveries that BA has introduced this year to mark its centenary. These comprise 747-400s in BOAC and Landor sc...