Admittedly a fan of many airline promotional videos. British Airways isn’t exactly innovative as an old school flag carrier, but I do enjoy their videos. I remember one British Airways video featuring the 2012 Olympics that was particularly good, and the “Visit Mum” campaign that makes the room a little dusty. And I also like their safety video. Probably would get old for frequent flyers, but I don’t mind for the rare times I’m on BA.
British Airways Centenary
In 2019, British Airways is celebrating 100 years of service. They released the first in a series of short videos commemorating this. I quite enjoyed it, but admittedly, as an American, I didn’t know many of the folks in the video. I did enjoy the diversity of the cast, and how it represents today multicultural nation, plus a nod to history, and of course tea. Here is a description from the website:
Our first series will showcase truly inspiring Brits who embody the best of our homeland.
They are the people who represent the values we want to celebrate and who make Britain the creative, open-minded, pioneering and welcoming place it is today.
How many of those featured in the video can you name? I knew multiple, but there are many more I didn’t recognize. Here is a list and more details in this video.
British Airways Special Liveries
In addition to the video, there is a series of special liveries to commemorate the history of British Airways and former carriers from their history. See mediacentre.britishairways.com for more details. A 747 in a BOAC paint job from the mid-1960s through 1974 is already flying. British Overland Airways Corporation and British European Airways merged to form British Airways in 1974.
Besides the 747, apparently several other planes will be repainted in heritage liveries. Next up is an A319 based on a BEA scheme from the 1960s.
The original paint scheme such as on the Vickers Vanguard pictured above included red-painted wings. That is no longer allowed, so the below will have to suffice.
In all, this seems like a fun campaign, and I look forward to what else British Airways will do in celebration.