The British Airways museum at the airlines’ headquarters has re-opened its doors, as the Speedbird Centre, after an extensive redevelopment programme.
The centre showcases the past, present and future of the airline and is open to staff, researchers and members of the public by appointment.
Items on display reflect the rich history of the airline including the flight log from the very first scheduled international flight, which departed from London to Paris on August 25 1919, to uniforms spanning 90 years of aviation right up to the newly introduced cabin crew iPad application. The Speedbird Centre also showcases the airlines’ new World Traveller and World Traveller Plus cabins as well as the award winning Club World and First seats.
The Speedbird Centre houses an extensive range of exclusive advertising posters designed by artists such as Frank Wotton dating back to the 1950’s and photographs from the 1920s to the present. Customers can purchase reproductions of these items directly from the online gallery of the Centre, http://www.britishairways.com/travel/museum-collection/, or by contacting the dedicated team of twelve volunteers who run and maintain the archive.
Paul Jarvis, Manager Speedbird Centre said: “The collection on display is truly unique, British Airways has a history and a future that many other airlines aspire to and we are proud to be able to show this to our staff and customers.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
- Posters and photographs are priced at £25 for A3 size and £35 for A2, plus £5 package and posting.
- The products on display at the Speedbird Centre showcase some of the innovations which will be available following British Airways’ five year investment of more than £5bn in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges, and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.
- More information on the Speedbird Centre can be found at::