British Airways to paint 747 with BOAC livery

BOAC 747 British Airways

British Airways announced yesterday it will be painting a Boeing 747 in the livery of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as the airline celebrates its 100th birthday.

The livery from the 1964 – 1974 BOAC era will feature on a 747-400 aircraft (G-BYGC) which entered service with British Airways in 1999. The aircraft will leave the paint shop in Dublin and arrive at Heathrow on 18 February, before entering service the following day. This coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight only a few days earlier.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “So many British Airways customers and colleagues have fond memories of our previous liveries, regularly sharing their photos from across the globe, so it’s incredibly exciting to be re-introducing this classic BOAC design.

“Our history has shaped who we are today, so our centenary is the perfect moment to revisit our heritage and the UK’s aviation landscape through this iconic livery.”

The BOAC livery will remain on the Boeing 747 until it retires in 2023. By this time, British Airways will have retired the majority of its 747 aircraft, replacing them with a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing widebodies, with 18 A350s and 12 787 Dreamliners set to be delivered within the next four years.