BA plane sports retro livery for centenary

British Airways has embraced one of its previous incarnations, BOAC, in honour of its centenary.
British Airways has embraced one of its previous incarnations, BOAC, in honour of its centenary.

A British Airways plane has been repainted in retro livery for the airline's centenary celebrations.

The Boeing 747 landed at London Heathrow on Monday sporting a British Overseas Airways Corporation design.

This livery was originally used between 1964 and 1974.

The plane was stripped of its contemporary British Airways design and repainted at Dublin Airport. It will continue to display the retro livery until it is taken out of service in 2023.

The aircraft will depart for New York on Tuesday, which was the first route a Boeing 747 flew in BOAC colours.

Details of three more British Airways planes to be painted in retro liveries have yet to be disclosed.

"The enormous interest we've had in this project demonstrates the attachment many people have to British Airways' history.," the airline's chief executive Alex Cruz said.

"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."

Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited launched the world's first daily international scheduled flight between London and Paris in August 1919.

British Airways describes the airline as its "forerunner company".

AT and T was incorporated into airlines with various names on multiple occasions - including BOAC - culminating in the creation of British Airways in 1974.

Australian Associated Press