British Airways Re-Opens Speedbird Centre

The Official Museum of British Airways, the Speedbird Centre, re-opens | Airline News

The Official Museum of British Airways, the Speedbird Centre, re-opens

British Airways Speedbird Centre Now Re-Opened

The history and future of British Airways comes alive at the British Airways Museum, re-opened as the Speedbird Centre.  After an extensive redevelopment program, the centre showcases the past, present, and future of British Airways.  The collection was formed to preserve the records and artifacts dating back to BOAC, BEA, BSAA and the pre-war Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd.

Items on display reflect the rich history behind British Airways, including the flight log from the very first scheduled international fight – a departure from London to Paris on August 25, 1919.  Also on display are uniforms covering 90 years of aviation right up to the newly introduced cabin crew iPad application.  The new World Traveller and World Traveller plus cabins are also showcased at the Speedbird Centre as well as the award winning Club World and First Class seats.

The museum is home to a wide range of exclusive advertising posters, including those designed by artists such as Frank Wotton dating back to the 1950’s, along with photographs from the 1920’s to present.  The Speedbird Centre is run by a team of twelve volunteers who maintain the archive.  “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,” said Paul Jarvis, Manager Speedbird Centre.

Customers and Enthusiasts can purchase reproductions of these items directly from the online gallery of the Centre:

Speedbird Centre Collection

The above link contains contact information to arrange a visit.

The Speedbird Centre is located at British Airways Headquarters and is open to staff, researchers, and members of the public by appointment.

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