British Airways has confirmed that, as
part of its 100-year birthday, it will paint a Boeing 747 in the
much-admired design of its predecessor, the British Overseas
Airways Corporation (BOAC).
The livery from the 1964 – 1974 BOAC era
will adorn a B747, reg: G-BYGC.
The aircraft will leave the IAC paint shop in
Dublin and arrive in to Heathrow on 18 February 2019, before
entering service the following day. This coincides with the 50th
anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight only a few days
The BOAC 747 will be the first of a select few aircraft
to receive a popular design from British Airways’ past.
All new aircraft entering the fleet, including
the Airbus A350, will continue to receive today’s Chatham
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 747 has been deliberately chosen for the
BOAC livery as it is a later variant of the same aircraft type
that adorned the design when it was initially in operation.
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 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 –
which feature new cabins and are more environmentally efficient –
as well as another 26 short-haul aircraft, all part of the
airline’s £6.5bn investment for customers.