London - British Airways presented a Boeing 747-400 to the public carrying a retro livery for the 100th anniversary of the airline. The livery is attributed to the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), the predecessor of the BA.
Other special liveries will be unveiled through the year on the other aircraft types as well.
The 747-400 of the British flag carrier (G-BYGC) arrived at London-Heathrow on February 18 from Dublin where it was painted. The aircraft will make its first scheduled flight today with its new livery between London-Heathrow and New York-JFK.
The livery was used by BOAC between 1964 and 1974.
The BOAC themed 747-400 of the British Airways will retire in 2023. To date, the carrier has withdrawn the majority of its jumbo jets from service gradually replacing them with the new generation jets such as Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 787-10.
The state-owned British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was launched in 1939 by the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. The airline continued operations until 1974 and then merged again with the BEA (British European Airways) to form British Airways.