Happy birth­day to flew

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retro BOAC liv­ery, to the de­light of the trav­el­ling pub­lic.

1974Bri­tish

BOAC merges with

Eu­ro­pean Airways (BEA) and to­day’s flag car­rier takes to the skies.

1976goes Com­mer­cial avi­a­tion

su­per­sonic with the de­but of Con­corde. It flies at 60,000ft, and pas­sen­gers can see the curvature of the Earth as they cruise the skies at 1,350mph and twice the speed of sound.

1985most BA re­veals one of its

iconic uni­forms a more wel­com­ing look de­signed by French­man Roland Klein.

It’s the first time a uni­form has been cre­ated for all staff, not just cabin crew. They are re­placed in 1993 with a Paul Costel­loe de­sign.

The cur­rent look dates from 2003 and is by for­mer Chanel de­signer Julien Macdonald. A new de­sign from Ozwald Boateng to mark the cen­te­nary will be un­veiled later this year.

1995

The first com­mer­cial Boe­ing 777 is op­er­ated. The twin-en­gine long-haul jet is the first to be en­tirely de­signed by com­puter.

1996leads

A BA Con­corde

the Red Ar­rows in a spe­cial fly-past at Heathrow to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the air­port. Some 80.1mil­lion pas­sen­gers trav­elled through Heathrow last year, its busiest on record. Of those, 32.8mil­lion used the T5 ter­mi­nal, home of BA. 1999 The new oneworld air­line al­liance is formed by BA, Amer­i­can Air­lines, Cana­dian Air­lines, Qan­tas and Cathay Pa­cific. To­day there are 15 mem­bers and 30 af­fil­i­ated car­ri­ers.

2003traged­y,

Fol­low­ing the Paris

the fi­nal BA Con­corde ser­vice op­er­ates from JFK to Heathrow on Oc­to­ber 24, and com­mer­cial su­per­sonic avi­a­tion comes to an end.

2008at

BA starts op­er­a­tions

Ter­mi­nal 5. To­day there are up to 600 week­day flights serv­ing 115 des­ti­na­tions, with around 90,000 pas­sen­gers.

2012Lon­don BA spon­sors the

Olympics. On May 18 the Olympic Flame is

flown from Athens to the Royal Naval Air

Sta­tion at Cul­drose on spe­cial flight BA2012, op­er­ated by an Air­bus A319 of­fi­cially called Fire­fly.

2018

BA pas­sen­gers have raised £20mil­lion for Fly­ing Start, the char­ity part­ner­ship with Comic Re­lief, over the last eight years. Half of all funds stay in the UK. 2019year The cen­te­nary

ar­rives and the car­rier an­nounces it will in­vest £6.5bil­lion over the next five years on new planes, cab­ins, routes, on-board prod­ucts, tech­nol­ogy and lounges. The BA2119: Flight of the Future

pro­gramme is ex­plor­ing the next 100 years in avi­a­tion, in­clud­ing the re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion at the Saatchi Gallery in Lon­don, re­search into pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence, and sus­tain­able fu­els.

Prod­ucts in­clude a trav­el­sized Mar­mite, Speed­bird 100 beer, a spe­cial cask of whisky and 500 Bre­mont watches made with metal from Con­corde.

BOAC takes over Im­pe­rial and Bri­tish Airways Ltd Future queen at Lon­don Air­port – now Heathrow Flight goes su­per­sonic with the launch of the Con­corde

VIN­TAGE BOAC posters

2012 Fire­fly flies over Buck House for the Olympics

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