British Airways’ Boeing 747, reg:
landed at London Heathrow on Monday, painted in the iconic design of
BA’s predecessor, the British Overseas
Airways Corporation (BOAC).
The aircraft entered the IAC paint
bay at Dublin Airport on 5 February 2019 where it was stripped of its
British Airways Chatham Dockyard design before being
repainted with the BOAC livery which adorned the BOAC fleet
between 1964 and 1974.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and
CEO, said, “The enormous interest we’ve had in this project
demonstrates the attachment many people have to British Airways’
history. It’s something we are incredibly proud of, so in our
centenary year it’s a pleasure to be celebrating our past while
also looking to the future. We look forward to many more exciting
moments like this as our other aircraft with heritage designs
From the paint bay at Dublin Airport, the BOAC
Boeing 747 flew directly to Heathrow on the aptly named BA100
touching down on Monday morning. Its next flight will be today, when it departs
Heathrow at 08:25 for New York JFK operating as
flight BA117. This flight is particularly significant as it was
the first route the B747 flew in BOAC colours.
After that flight, the
aircraft will continue to fly British Airways’ 747-operated routes
proudly showcasing the design as part of the airline’s centenary
celebrations. The aircraft can be tracked using Flight Radar,
which will feature a special image of the livery.
livery will remain on the Boeing 747 until it retires in 2023.
By that time, British Airways will have retired the majority of
its 747 fleet, replacing them with new state-of-the-art long-haul
aircraft. This includes taking delivery of 18 A350s and 12 Boeing
787 Dreamliners in the next four years, as well as another 26
short-haul aircraft, all part of the airline’s £6.5bn investment for customers.
British Airways has three more special Boeing
747 liveries planned.