British Airways Cancels Domestic 747 Rotations On August 25, 2019 (BA’s 100th Anniversary)


British Airways loaded last week Boeing 747 rotations for three domestic routes on August 25, 2019 which also happens to be airline’s 100th anniversary.

BA 747 Domestic

British Airways didn’t release a statement for these rotations but many suspected that these flights would have been operated using the heritage livery airplanes to commemorate the 100th anniversary. Now these flights have been retimed and/or canned.

These are the affected flights:


  • BA1482 LHR-GLA
  • BA1487 GLA-LHR


  • BA1386 LHR-MAN
  • BA1391 MAN-LHR


  • BA1326 LHR-NCL
  • BA1327 NCL-LHR

UPDATE: Here’s the statement that we received from the BA spokesperson:

We haven’t revealed any of the details of our birthday weekend so far. Some aviation websites made a guess at what we were planning, but we were very clear that this was speculation.

We understand some customers booked on these flights hoping they would be celebration flights, so have been in touch with those affected to offer a full refund for anyone who no longer wishes to travel.


Someone at the British Airways loaded the domestic Boeing 747 rotations for their 100th anniversary date. It took BA eight days to rectify the issue or change their mind about the commemorate flights.

Flying the retro liveries to domestic destinations on that Saturday in August would have been perfect opportunity for some positive coverage.

I guess that someone at the BA’s HQ changed their mind and decided to pull the plug.

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