I have so many bad stories I could cover this afternoon, but after a trio of bad stories earlier today let’s take a break. How about some good news to end the day on?
British Airways is celebrating its 100th birthday by repainting one of its Boeing 747-400s in a classic BOAC livery.
A British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)-liveried 747 (registration G-BYGC) will enter into service on February 18, 2019. Imperial Airways and British Airways were nationalized and consolidated into BOAC in 1939. Meanwhile, British European Airways (BEA) was created in 1946 for domestic and European flights. BOAC and BEA merged to form British Airways in 1974.
The selected livery marked BOAC livery from 1964 – 1974. The paint job also recognizes the 50th anniversary of the 747 program. The special livery will remain in service until the 747 is retired in 2023.
BA hints that other classic liveries will be introduced in the weeks to come. New aircraft, including incoming A350s, will continue to receive BA’s Chatham Dockyard design, first introduced in 1997.
As a big fan of heritage liveries, I think this is great news. BA has a storied past and this special paint job will serve as reminder of that.
CEO Alex Cruz said it best:
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.