British Airways has unveiled its new 747 retro paint job and I am very impressed…
Last month, I wrote about BA’s plan to repaint one of its Boeing 747-400s with classic British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery. British Airways is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and chose the classic BOAC livery used between 1964 and 1974. The special flight from Dublin to British Airways to deliver the repainted aircraft was aptly numbered BA100.
All image courtesy of British Airways
Yesterday, the aircraft flew from London to New York JFK on BA117. That route coincides with BA’s first use of the 747 in its BOAC livery 55 year ago.
While I don’t often agree with him, I think British Airways’ CEO Alex Cruz summed it up well here:
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.
> Read More: British Airways Honors 747 Legacy With Retro Livery
You have a few years…until 2023 at least…to catch a ride on this aircraft. BA plans to use it around world. Its tail number is G-BYGC and you can track it on Flightradar24.