Monday February the 18th saw crowds gather at Heathrow Airport to watch the much-anticipated arrival of a British Airways Boeing 747 painted in the iconic design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)

The aircraft  Boeing 747 registration G-BYGC which entered the paint bay at Dublin Airport on February 5 was stripped of its current British Airways design before being repainted in the BOAC livery which adorned the BOAC fleet between 1964 and 1974

The BOAC livery will remain on the Boeing 747 until it retires in 2023 giving enthusiasts and the general public plenty of time to see this iconic aircraft.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “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.”

Following a Government review Imperial Airways and British Airways were nationalised in 1939 to form British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Continental European and domestic flights were flown by a new airline, British European Airways (BEA) from 1946. BOAC introduced services to New York in 1946, Japan in 1948, Chicago in 1954 and the west coast of the United States in 1957.The 1950s saw the world enter the passenger jet era – led by BOAC, with the Comet flying to Johannesburg in 1952, halving the previous flight time. 

Watch its arrival below 

Many thanks to British Airways & Heathrow Airport