As part of its 100-year birthday, British Airways will be painting a Boeing 747 in the design of its
predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).
The aircraft will enter service on 19 th February coinciding 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.
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
including 18 A350s and 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the next four years.