British Airways to paint Boeing 747 with retro design

British Airways to celebrate its 100th birthday by painting a Boeing 747 in a retro design from the 60s

  • The aircraft will feature a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) design
  • The Boeing 747 is being painted in Dublin and will arrive at Heathrow next month 
  • British Airways has said more commemorative designs are set to be revealed

British Airways has announced it is painting one of its aircraft in a commemorative design as part of its centenary celebrations.

A Boeing 747 is the first aircraft to receive a makeover and will be painted in a classic British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) design dating from the 1964 to 1974 era.

The aircraft will be painted in Dublin and is due to arrive at Heathrow on February 18, before taking flight the following day. 

The Boeing 747 will be painted in a classic British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) design, pictured

It coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first ever Boeing 747 flight only a few days earlier.

British Airways has also said it is set to reveal more details of other planes being re-painted with ‘popular designs from British Airways’ past’.  

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.

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‘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 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.

It will remain on the aircraft until it retires in 2023, by which time British Airways will have retired the majority of its 747 fleet and replaced them with new state-of-the-art long-haul aircraft.

Throwback: The retro design, pictured on a plane in 1971, will remain on the aircraft until it retires in 2023

British Airways dates back to 1919 when its forerunner company, Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T), launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service between London and Paris. 

Since then it has undergone a series of mergers.

Most recently, in 1974, BOAC merged with British European Airways (BEA) to come together as British Airways.

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