British Airways has confirmed that the Negus scheme will be the last of its four retro liveries to appear on the side of current BA aircraft.

The move had been speculated on the Business Traveller forum, and follows the unveiling of BOAC, BEA and Landor liveries over the last month.

The Negus design featured on British Airways aircraft between 1974 and 1980, directly after the merger of BOAC and BEA.

It will be painted onto one of the carrier’s B747 aircraft (registration G-CIVB), and is set to be unveiled later this month.

The jumbo will feature the retro livery until it is retired in 2022.

Commenting on the news Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said:

“Rumours have been circulating for quite some time about this final livery, so it’s exciting to confirm it is the Negus design. It’s particularly significant for us because it’s the first design worn by the British Airways that we all know today, with the distinctive lower case ‘a’ and the Union Flag on the tailfin.”

The retro liveries are part of BA’s centenary celebrations this year. The carrier traces its history back to August 1919, when Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service, between London and Paris. A potted history of the airline can be seen here.

The carrier is also set to unveil new uniforms this year, designed by British designer Ozwald Boateng OBE.