BOAC to the Future

In the first major event to mark the 100th anniversary of the company we know today as British Airways, the ‘Queen of the Skies’ was given a new lease of life in some very familiar colours. Airliner World‘s Gordon Smith was at London/ Heathrow for the big reveal…

At London/Heathrow it takes something pretty special to turn heads. Aircraft and airlines that would usually leave enthusiasts elsewhere scrambling for their long lens are frankly ten a penny. Every so often, however, an occasion presents itself which gives even the most seasoned of spotters goosebumps.

February 18, 2019 was one such day, when G-BYGC (c/n 25823), a British Airways Boeing 747-436 touched down at the west London hub, fresh out of the paint shop and sporting the livery of predecessor BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation). The special design is part of a wider series of special centenary celebrations for the British national carrier, pegged to the launch of BA’s forerunner company, Aircraft Transport and Travel (AT&T).

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