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Pictures: BOAC 747 retro-jet rolled out by British Airways

A few weeks back I had written about British Airways’ plan to repaint one of their Boeing 747s, with a retro British Overseas Aircraft Cooperation (BOAC) livery.

The livery was the standard BOAC livery between 1964 and 1974. The aircraft G-BYGC entered the paint shop at Dublin Airport on 5 February, with the aircraft having been repainted and put back into service in less than two weeks.

British Airways Boeing 747 G-BYGC goes into a paint bay at Dublin Airport.
British Airways Boeing 747 G-BYGC goes into a paint bay at Dublin Airport.

British Airways is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding, (or more accurately the founding of its original predecessor Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited, which eventually became British Airways). The airline will be repainting three more aircraft into retro-liveries in the coming months.

British Airways BOAC retro-livery Boeing 747.
British Airways BOAC retro-livery Boeing 747.
The BOAC 747 arriving at Heathrow airport.
The BOAC 747 arriving at Heathrow airport.


Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO, British Airways
“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.”

The aircraft will begin operating today, flying BA117 to New York JFK, which was the first route the Boeing 747 flew in BOAC colours.

About Vedant Agarwal

A frequent flyer for both work and pleasure - Vedant has held elite status on many of the major alliances and airlines. Also an avid aviation photographer, his pictures have been published in and on the covers of many international publications.

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