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British Airways (BA)

BRITISH AIRWAYS British Airways (BA) is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom, based in Waterside, near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport. British Airways is the largest airline in the UK based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations and second largest measured by passengers carried, behind easyJet. BA's UK passengers originating at non-London airports must connect via London after British Airways discontinued all direct overseas flights from UK airports outside London following the sale of BA Connect to British regional carrier Flybe in 2007. The British Airways Board was established in 1971 to control the two nationalised airline corporations, BOAC and BEA, and two smaller, regional airlines, Cambrian Airways, from Cardiff, and Northeast Airlines, from Newcastle upon Tyne. On 31 March 1974, all four companies were merged to form British Airways. After almost thirteen years as a state company, that was sold in February 1987 as part of a privatisation plan by the Conservative Government. The carrier soon expanded with the acquisition of British Caledonian in 1987 and Dan-Air, Gatwick-based carrier, in 1992. A long-time Boeing customer, British Airways ordered fifty-nine Airbus A320 family aircraft in August 1998. In 2007, it purchased twelve Airbus A380s and twenty-four Boeing 787 Dreamliner, marking the start of its long-haul fleet replacement. The centrepiece of the airline's long-haul fleet is the Boeing 747-400; with 52 examples in service, British Airways is the largest operator of this type in the world. British Airways is a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance, along with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and the now defunct Canadian Airlines. The alliance has since grown to become the third largest, after SkyTeam and Star Alliance. British Airways' parent company, International Airlines Group, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the FTSE 100 Index. On 12 November 2009, British Airways confirmed that it had reached a preliminary agreement to merge with Iberia. The merger was confirmed on 8 April 2010, and on 14 July 2010, the European Commission approved the merger under Competition law and also allowed American Airlines to co-operate with the merged entity on transatlantic routes to the United States of America. The British Airways merger with Iberia was finally completed on 21 January 2011, formally creating the International Airlines Group, IAG. The merger has created the world's third-largest airline in terms of annual revenue and the second largest airline group in Europe. British Airways is the sponsor of London Olympic Games in 2012. On 18 May 2012 Britsh Airways flew the Olympic flame from Athens International Airport to RNAS Culdrose. The BA aircraft, was painted with a special livery to represent the Olympic flame, known as the 'Firefly' flying as BA2012, landed at the site carrying dignitaries including Lord Sebastian Coe, Princess Anne, and David Beckham. Read more →

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British Airways Details

Carrier Code BA
Callsignn Speedbird,SHUTTLE
Hubs * Gatwick Airport * London Heathrow Airport
Focus cities London City Airport
Destinations 169
Caption A Super VC10 in 1975 A Boeing 757–200 at London Heathrow Airport in February 1983. The Airbus A380 is due to enter service with British Airways in 2013. Airbus A319 lands at London Heathrow Airport 10379.0 Boeing 777-200ER takes off from London Heathrow Airport Boeing 747-400 takes off from London Heathrow Airport 767.0 Short haul Euro Traveller cabin A Next-Generation Club World seat Airbus A321-200 takes off from Manchester Airport
Founded 31
Revenue 1.1482E10
Airline British Airways
Colwidth 30
Parent International_Airlines_Group
Logo British Airways Logo.svg
Headquarters Waterside, Harmondsworth, England
Lounge * Concorde Room * Galleries First * Galleries Club * Galleries Arrivals * First Lounge * Terraces Lounge * Executive Club Lounge
Alliance Oneworld
Company slogan To Fly. To Serve.
Logo size 225
Subsidiaries * BA CityFlyer * British Midland International * OpenSkies * British Airways World Cargo
Width 220
Direction vertical
Image 2010 ba b777-200 g-ymmd arp.jpg British Airways Boeing 757-236 Fitzgerald.jpg Airbus A380.jpg ba a321-200 g-euxf takeoff at manchester arp.jpg British Airways Concorde G-BOAD.jpg British Airways A321 Y cabin, GB March 2008.jpg Ba b747-400 g-bnle arp.jpg British Airways Super VC-10.jpg Boeing 787first flight.jpg BA New Club World seat.jpg
Frequent flyer * Executive Club
Fleet size 236
Headquarter Harmondsworth Waterside_(building)
Destination British_Airways_destinations
Hub airport London_Heathrow_Airport Gatwick_Airport
Revenue ($) 1.1482E10
Parent company International_Airlines_Group
Formation date 1974-03-31

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