British Airways has named its 28th and latest Dreamliner aircraft after its late employee Paul Jarvis.
Jarvis – who passed away in May at the age of 72 – was the carrier’s museum curator, and had worked for BA for over 50 years.
The recently delivered B787-8 aircraft (registration G-ZBJJ) is the only current plane in BA’s fleet to bear a name, and the first ever in the airline’s history to be named after a member of staff.
A spokesperson for BA said that Paul had made “a huge contribution to British Airways” – his wife Nadine and daughters Lisa and Claire were invited to Boeing’s Seattle factory to unveil the name on the side of the aircraft.
BA used to make a habit of naming its aircraft, as this thread on the Professional Pilots Rumour Network forum shows. Rival carrier Virgin Atlantic regularly names its aircraft, as this page on its website explains.