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BOAC - British Overseas Airways Corporation

British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was the British state-owned airline created in 1939 by the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. It continued operating overseas services throughout World War II.

After the passing of the Civil Aviation Act of 1946, European and South American services passed to two further state-owned airlines, British European Airways (BEA) and British South American Airways (BSAA). BOAC absorbed BSAA in 1949, but BEA continued to operate British domestic and European routes for the next quarter century. A 1971 Act of Parliament merged BOAC and BEA, effective 31 March 1974, forming today’s British Airways.

British Airways’ Boeing 747 in BOAC livery has arrived at London Heathrow

British Airways' Boeing 747-400 with BOAC livery (G-BYGC) has arrived at London Heathrow airport. The arrival coincides with the Boeing 747 first flight 50th...

To celebrate its 100th birthday, British Airways will paint a Boeing 747 in British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)-livery

A BOAC-liveried Boeing 747, reg: G-BYGC, will arrive back at Heathrow from the paint factory on February 18 to enter the airline’s flying...

​British Airways celebrates 60 years since operating the first jet engine flight across the Atlantic

Sixty years ago, British Airways, then called BOAC - British Overseas Airways Corporation - became the first airline to fly a turbo jet engine...