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I see from my records that I flew on G-BNLX SFO - LHR on 15 Sept 2000, and it was named "City of London".
was painted in the World Images (Utopia) Waves of the City livery in January 1998 and entered service as such on 22 January with the name "Waves of the City" on its nose.
It continued to operate in these colours and with this name until it operated ISB
(BA128) on 24 January 2000. It was then ferried LHR
(BA9173P) and was delivered to Marshalls of Cambridge to befitted with the then new First Generation Lie-flat J Class seats and the also new W Class cabin. While at Marshalls its tail (but not its fuselage or engines) was repainted in the current Union Flag scheme. However the "USA" titles it had carried in its previous livery were painted out and the "Waves of the City" name was overpainted.
was ferried CBG
(BA9177E) on 23 March and re-entered service on 29 March (LHR
, BA177). Together with sister ship G-CIVW its operations were then focused on this specific flight and its return (BA177/174), the first BA
flight to offer its Business Class passengers a virtual guarantee of travelling with a lie-flat seat. To mark this situation 'LX was named "City of New York" but I am unsure whether this name was painted on it while it was still at CBG
or after it was returned to LHR
. Here are a couple of images where the name can almost be read:
Not that long after - but I have bot determined when - 'LX
's name was changed again. Here it can be seen to be "United Kingdom":
The first of the above photos was taken in August 2002. However 'LX had been carrying the "United Kingdom" name for at least five months at that time. Here you cannot read the name but given the choice of the two names it must be "United Kingdom":
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Photo © Ben Wang
So as far as I can determine 'LX was named "City of New York" in September 2000.
In the early part of the last decade when the above photos were taken, BA
quite commonly used the "City of Xxxxx" name for aircraft launching a new service. Here are some other examples:
772 G-VIIA in Waves of the City livery temporarily renamed "City of Denver" for launch of LHR
service 1 September 1998. "Waves of the City" name restored by end October.
772 G-YMMB in Union Flag livery temporarily named "City of Phoenix" for launch of LHR
772 service 25 March 2001. Name removed by 14 April.
772 G-YMMF in Union Flag livery temporarily named "Spirit of San Diego" for launch of LHR
772 service 25 March 2001. Name removed by mid April.
772 G-TMMG in Union Flag livery temporarilly named "City of Chicago" for launch of LHR
772 service 8 December 2000. Name removed by 14 April.