100 years ago, on 25th of August 1919, the ‘Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T)’ company, a forerunner company of today’s British Airways, launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service, between London and Paris. The first flight carried only a single passenger and cargo that included newspapers, Devonshire cream, jam and grouse.
In 1940, British Airways became the nation’s official flag carrier and the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was formed.
British Airways is celebrating the centenary year, in part, by repainting one of it’s B747 aircraft in the original livery of the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), which flew between 1964 and 1974.
Monday February 18, 2019 – Large crowds gathered at Heathrow today to watch the much-anticipated arrival of a British Airways Boeing 747 painted in the iconic design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).
The aircraft entered the IAC paint bay at Dublin Airport on February 5 where it was stripped of its current 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 enter service.”
From the paint bay at Dublin Airport, the BOAC Boeing 747 flew directly to Heathrow on the aptly named BA100 touching down this morning. Its next flight will be tomorrow, Tuesday February 19, when it departs 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 this, 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.