4/14/1971: BOAC Places First Boeing 747 into Service

DALLAS – Today in Aviation, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) placed the Boeing 747 into commercial service in 1971. 

The inaugural flight departed London Heathrow (LHR) at 12:03 GMT, with 283 passengers on board, bound for New York (JFK). The flight was operated by the recently delivered G-ANWF under the command of Captain D. Redrup.

The first example (G-ANWA) arrived on May 23, 1970. It was the 23rd 747 off the production line. Photo: British Airways

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BOAC placed its first order for six 747s on September 2, 1966, at a total price of approximately US$160m. read more ⇒

Source:: “Airways Magazine”

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