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BA Celebrates Centenary With Retro Liveries

This announcement from British Airways is sure to send plane-fancier hearts aflutter.

As part of the airline’s centenary commemorations, British Airways has today announced it will be painting four of its aircraft in much-loved retro designs from its past—the first confirmed as a Boeing 747 in a British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) design.

This first aircraft will return to London Heathrow from the paint factory on 18 February ready to re-enter service the following day. Pleasingly, this coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Boeing 747 flight only a few days earlier.

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.

Three more aircraft will receive popular designs from British Airways’ past over the coming months with more details to be revealed in due course.

All four aircraft will fly British Airways’ routes, proudly showcasing some of the popular designs as part of the airline’s centenary celebrations.

“So many British Airways customers and colleagues have fond memories of our previous liveries, regularly sharing their photos from across the globe. It’s incredibly exciting to be re-introducing some classic designs, and what better place to start than the iconic BOAC livery”, said Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO.

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.

“This is such a lovely way to commemorate British Airways’ 100th birthday”, says Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group.

“We look forward to seeing this gorgeous old livery—and the three to come—take flight on aircraft across BA’s global network, and we wish them a very happy 100th birthday”, adds Sarah.

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