15 Facts About British Airways


British Airways, often shortened to BA, is the flag carrier and the largest airline in the United Kingdom based on fleet size.

A flag carrier is a transportation company, such as an airline or shipping company, that, being locally registered in a given state, enjoys preferential rights or privileges accorded by the government for international operations.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign state in western Europe.

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When measured by passengers carried, it is second-largest in the United Kingdom behind easyJet.

EasyJet is a British airline, operating under the low-cost carrier model, based at London Luton Airport.

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The airline is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow Airport is a major international airport in London, United Kingdom.


A British Airways Board was established by the United Kingdom government in 1972 to manage the two nationalised airline corporations, British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways, and two smaller, regional airlines, Cambrian Airways, from Cardiff, and Northeast Airlines, from Newcastle upon Tyne.

Newcastle upon Tyne, commonly known as Newcastle, is a city in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 103 miles south of Edinburgh and 277 miles north of London on the northern bank of the River Tyne, 8.5 mi from the North Sea.

British Overseas Airways Corporation was the British state-owned airline created in 1940 by the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd.

Cambrian Airways was an airline based in the United Kingdom which ran operations from Cardiff Airport and Liverpool Airport between 1935 and 1974.


On 31 March 1974, all four companies were merged to form British Airways.


After almost 13 years as a state company, British Airways was privatised in February 1987 as part of a wider privatisation plan by the Conservative government.


The carrier soon expanded with the acquisition of British Caledonian in 1987, followed by Dan-Air in 1992 and British Midland International in 2012.

British Midland Airways Limited was an airline with its head office in Donington Hall in Castle Donington, close to East Midlands Airport, in the United Kingdom.

British Caledonian was a private, British independent airline, operating out of Gatwick Airport in south-east England during the 1970s and 1980s.

Dan-Air was an airline based in the United Kingdom, and was a wholly owned subsidiary of London shipbroking firm Davies and Newman.


British Airways is a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance, along with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and the now defunct Canadian Airlines.

Qantas Airways is the flag carrier airline of Australia and its largest airline by fleet size, international flights and international destinations.

An airline alliance is an aviation industry arrangement between two or more airlines agreeing to cooperate on a substantial level.

Cathay Pacific, is the flag carrier of Hong Kong, with its head office and main hub located at Hong Kong International Airport.


The alliance has since grown to become the third-largest, after SkyTeam and Star Alliance.


British Airways merged with Iberia on 21 January 2011, formally creating the International Airlines Group, the world's third-largest airline group in terms of annual revenue and the second-largest in Europe.

International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A., often shortened to IAG, is a Spanish multinational airline holding company with its operational headquarters in London, England, United Kingdom and officially registered in Madrid, Spain.


IAG is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the FTSE 100 Index.

The Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index, also called the FTSE 100 Index, FTSE 100, FTSE, or, informally, the "Footsie", is a share index of the 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange with the highest market capitalisation.


A long-time Boeing customer, British Airways ordered 59 Airbus A320 family aircraft in August 1998.

The Boeing Company is an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites worldwide.

The Airbus A320 family consists of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners manufactured by Airbus.


In 2007 it purchased 12 Airbus A380s and 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, marking the start of its long-haul fleet replacement.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an American long-haul, mid-size widebody, twin-engine jet airliner made by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by European manufacturer Airbus.


The centrepiece of the airline's long-haul fleet is the Boeing 777, with 58 in the fleet.


British Airways is the largest operator of the Boeing 747-400, with 41 registered to the airline.

The Boeing 747 is an American wide-body commercial jet airliner and cargo aircraft, often referred to by its original nickname, Jumbo Jet.

The Boeing 747-400 is an improvement of the 747-300, and is the best-selling model of the Boeing 747 family of jet airliners.

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