One of British Airways ‘ planes turned heads as it arrived at London Heathrow this week, sporting an eye-catching new livery.
In fact, the Boeing 747 aircraft has been given a fresh new look – but aviation fans may get a sense of deja vu.
That’s because the aircraft has been painted in the iconic design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), which featured on the airline’s fleet between 1964 and 1974.
The aircraft, registration G-BYGC, will be flying to New York on Tuesday 19th February, where it will be operating as flight BA117.
A significant route when you consider that it was the first route the B747 flew in BOAC colours all those years ago.
This time, you can even track the plane using Flight Radar, which will feature a special image of the livery.
It will sport the vintage livery until 2023 when the aircraft retires; by this time, British Airways will have retired the majority of its 747 fleet, which it will be replacing with new state-of-the-art aircraft, including 18 A350s and 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners over the next four years.
The aircraft received its new look at the IAC paint bay in Dublin Airport, and its reveal coincides with the Boeing 747’s first flight anniversary just days earlier.
In fact, it’s a special year of celebrations for British Airways, as the company marks its centenary.
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."
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