Explore our past: 1960 - 1969

BOAC Vickers VC-10.
Explore our past: 1960
25 January BOAC services to Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile using Comet 4 aircraft resumed after an eight year lapse due to the aircraft shortage that occurred following the Comet 1 disasters.
1 April

The tripartite partnership between BOAC, Air India and Qantas was formed.

BEA’s first pure jet service started with De Havilland Comet 4Bs. BEA introduced new low fares on international and domestic services.

8 April The last service operated by a BOAC Argonaut took place.
1 May Lower fares were introduced on services operated by propeller driven aircraft.
27 May BOAC commenced flights using Boeing 707 aircraft. The first revenue-earning service was to from London to New York on G-APFD.
23 June

BOAC signed a £25 million contract for Vickers Super VC10 aircraft.

BOAC’s first Boeing 707 service to Canada took place.

29 July Rear-Admiral Sir Matthew Slattery succeeded Sir Gerald d’Erlanger as Chairman of BOAC.
27 September BEA carried its 25,000,000th passenger.
1 October

Economy fares on the Far East and Australian routes were launched.


The quadripartite partnership between BOAC, SAA, EAAC and CAA was launched.


The first low fare Skycoach services on UK cabotage routes to East and Central Africa was operated by BOAC, BUA, CAA and EAA.

16 October The last scheduled transatlantic service to be operated by a BOAC Comet 4 service between London and New York took place.
31 October The last BEA scheduled service between London and Birmingham took place.
1 December Economy fares on the Pacific routes were introduced.
3 December

BOAC commenced an all cargo service across the North Atlantic using DC-7F aircraft.


Boeing 707 operations extended across the Pacific from San Francisco to Hong Kong and Tokyo to connect with London to Hong Kong Comet services to complete a round-the-world pure jet service.

17 December The first BEA scheduled passenger service with a Vickers Vanguard aircraft took place.
Explore our past: 1961
31 January The first BOAC Boeing 707 service to Zurich, Tel Aviv and Tehran took place.
1 March Economy fares were introduced on South Atlantic routes.
2 March The first BOAC Boeing 707 service to Los Angeles on the new ‘Polar’ Route’ took place.
1 June The first BOAC Boeing 707 service London to Washington took place.
31 October BOAC commenced flights from London to Manila using Comet aircraft.
1 November BEA introduced the world’s cheapest scheduled air fare on its routes between London and Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast on off-peak night services.
Explore our past: 1962
6 January BOAC Britannia 102 aircraft operated on the London to Mauritius route.
9 January The first flight of the De Havilland Trident, BEA’s new three-engined jet aircraft took place.
26 February BEA introduced their electronic reservations unit, which was loacted at the West London Air Terminal.
28 February The inaugural non-stop BOAC Comet 4 service to Cairo took place.
March The lowest ever (under £100) BOAC transatlantic fare was introduced.
28 March BOAC’s London Airport operations moved from North Side to the new No 3 Passenger Building Oceanic in Central Area.
10 May The last BEA DC3 service operated between Islay, Cambeltown and Glasgow.
20 June BOAC and Cunard Steam Ship Company formed BOAC-Cunard Ltd to operate scheduled air services from Britain to the United States, Caribbean and northern South America.
October BOAC Boeing 707 aircraft took over the West Africa services and joined Comet 4 aircraft on the Australia services.
Explore our past: 1963
February BOAC’s electronic reservations system was introduced in Canada and later in the year in September was introduced in New York.
April BOAC Comet 4 aircraft began a twice weekly jet service between London and New Zealand.
23 September A BEA Heron aircraft operated the 5,000th flight of the Scottish Air Ambulance Service.
October The inaugural flight took place of a BOAC transatlantic freight service by Canadair CL44, replacing the Douglas DC7 freighter.
November BOAC ended the operation of the London to Los Angeles direct service.
1 November BEA commenced a direct service between London and Aberdeen.
Explore our past: 1964
1 January

Sir Giles Guthrie succeeded Sir Matthew Slattery as BOAC’s Chairman.

BEA Helicopters Ltd was formed.

February BOAC Britannia 312 aircraft ended operations on the North Atlantic routes.
11 March BEA operated its first revenue-earning Trident flight (G-ARPG), on an ad-hoc substitution of a Comet 4B service to Copenhagen.
31 March Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Douglas of Kirtleside retired as Chairman of BEA and was succeeded by Mr Anthony Milward.
29 April BOAC commenced Standard VC-10 operations when G-ARVJ flew from Heathrow to Lagos.

British Airways Helicopters commenced the Penzance to Isles of Scilly scheduled services.


BOAC introduced a daily service from Manchester and Glasgow to New York.

1 October BOAC withdrew its east coast services to South America.
November BOAC withdrew its London to Washington service.
December The 30th anniversary of UK to Australia service in partnership with Qantas was reached.
Explore our past: 1965
January BOAC started a twice-weekly Comet charter service for carriage of emigrants from UK to Australia.
1 April BOAC inaugurated services by Super VC-10 G-ASGD operated the inaugural flight from London to New York, continuing on to San Francisco.
17 April BEA’s automatic seat reservation system at West London Air Terminal came into operation.
10 June BEA's Trident 1 G-ARPR flight number BE343 arrival at Heathrow from Paris Le Bourget made the world’s first fully-automatic landing of a commercial airliner carrying fare paying passengers.

BOAC's Comet 4 aircraft were withdrawn from service.

BOAC's Cargo Terminal Building at John F Kennedy Airport, New York was opened.

December BOAC operated the inaugural service of the weekly 707 service to Georgetown, Guyana.
Explore our past: 1966
January The first services of the Boeing 707-336C all cargo aircraft linking London, Manchester and Glasgow with USA and Canada took place.
February BOAC commenced its VC10 operation to Chicago via Montreal.
April BOAC commenced its service to Mexico via Bermuda and Kingston with an inaugural flight.
BEA commenced flights from Manchester to Brussels, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam and Zurich using Trident jet aircraft.
2 May BEA commenced the first jet service between Heathrow and Glasgow using Comet 4Bs.
31 October The Handley Page Herald flew its last scheduled service with BEA.
10 November BOAC and SAA’s Springbok partnership reached its 21st anniversary.
December BOAC Engine Overhaul Ltd was formed at Treforest, South Wales.
Explore our past: 1967
1 January Inclusive tour fares were introduced.
16 January BEA Trident aircraft were introduced on the London to Belfast route. BEA Comet 4B aircraft were introduced on the London to Edinburgh route.
1 April The inaugural flight of BOAC UK to Australia service via the South Pacific took place.
10 April BEA commenced the London to Budapest service.
11 December The Concorde prototype 001 F-WTSS rolled out at Toulouse.
December BOAC commenced services from Manchester and Glasgow to the Eastern Caribbean via New York.
Explore our past: 1968
1 April

The joint BOAC/BEA Air Transport Staff College started operation.

The first scheduled BEA services to Paris Orly Airport took place.

BEA flights from London to Bremen began with Comet 4B aircraft.

May BOAC commenced flights to Jeddah.
1 June BEA Trident Two aircraft were introduced on services from London to Milan, Madrid, Dublin and Stockholm.
October BOAC introduced non-stop services to Antigua and Barbados, and also freighter services to Australia.
7 November Boadicea House, BOAC’s new computer complex at London Airport, was opened.
17 November BEA’s Super One-Eleven aircraft enter scheduled service on German internal routes.
Explore our past: 1969
1 January Mr Charles Hardie was appointed as chairman of BOAC in succession to Sir Charles Guthrie.
2 March The first flight of Concorde 001 from Toulouse, France took place and was shortly followed by Concorde 002 from Filton, UK on 9 April.

BEA and Air France joint operations began on internal German services.


BEA Airtours Ltd., a new subsidiary charter company, was formed.


The first BEA Super One-Eleven flight from London to Berlin took place.

May ‘Polar Route’ London-Anchorage-Tokyo-Osaka was inaugurated by BOAC Boeing 707 aircraft.
July BEA's inaugural flight from London to Stuttgart took place.
August The BOAC Cabin Crew Training Centre at Cranebank opened.

BEA became world’s first airline to publish an entirely computer-produced timetable.

PALC (Passenger Acceptance and Load Control), BEA's computerised check-in system, came into use at the West London Air Terminal.