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Operator: Boac - British Overseas Airways Corporation

Boac was constituted in November 1939 and became operational in April 1940. In April 1946 the permission was given to order 5 L-049s. 5 former C-69s of the USAAF were overhauled and delivered to Boac via Montreal Dorval in May – June 1946. In April 1948 the 6th L-049 G-AHEN arrived, just before the 1000th Atlantic crossing was made by Boac.
In May 1948 Boac bought the 5 L-749As from Aerlinte. In January 1953 2 further L-049s arrived. Most of the Comet 1 routes were taken over by Connies and a further 12 L-749As had been bought in late 1954 and beginning of 1955, including 7 aircraft which Boac had exchanges with Capital Airlines for Boac’s remaining 7 049s. In summer 1955 the last L-049 operations were replaced by 2 L-1049Ds wet-leased from Seaboard & Western. During that time a fleet of 16 L-749As were used and were the backbone of Boac’s Middle and Far East, Australia, and South Africa service until 1957, when the Britannia started to take over. At the end of the year the first Connies were withdrawn and cocooned at London Heathrow. The Constellation era ended in October 1958 with G-ANTG returning from trip in the Middle East. By end of May 1959 all the aircraft had been sold except for the 4 aircraft leased to Skyways.

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