The United Kingdom's largest scheduled airline, British Airways is also the national airline and flag carrier of the country. With its main hubs at the London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport, British Airways flies to over 550 destinations across the world. Providing a full service experience, British Airways tries to provide flights at the most convenient times and to the best located airports.
British Airways History
Two companies - British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways -were dissolved on March 31, 1974 and their stakes later combined to form the British Airways Group on September 1, 1974. It later expanded with the acquisition of British Caledonian in 1988 and few routes Dan Air in 1992. Today, the British Airways Group comprises British Airways Private Limited Company and a few subsidiary companies including the British Airways Holidays Limited.
British Airways Fleet
When it commenced operations, British Airways mainly inherited a fleet of UK built aircrafts with the exception of the Boeing 707 and Boeing 747. In 1976, simultaneously with Air France, British Airways inaugurated Concorde, the first ever supersonic passenger service in the world. Later in the 1980s, the airline introduced into its fleet, the Boeing 737 and Boeing 757. The trend continued and the British Airways fleet mainly comprised Boeing aircrafts until the airline placed its first direct order for Airbus in November 1998. Ever since, British Airways has placed numerous orders with Airbus to follow through with the replacement of its long haul fleet. However, the Boeing 747-400 remains the centerpiece of the airline's long haul fleet, making it the world's largest operator of this type.
British Airways Agreements
The founding member of the Oneworld Airline Alliance, British Airways has codeshare agreements with Aer Lingus, Air China, British Mediterranean Airways, Brussels Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Flybe and Loganair besides all the Oneworld Airline Alliance members. With three or four classes of service on the long haul international routes, British Airways features 'World Traveller' (Economy Class), 'World Traveller Plus' (Premium Economy) and 'Club World' (Business Class). The luxury services offered to the customers of British Airways include amongst others, BA Miles, Executive Club privileges and access to exclusive lounges at most international airports across the world.
British Airways Source and Destination
British Airways now operates most of its flights from Terminal 5 at the London Heathrow Airport except services to Barcelona, Helsinki, Lisbon, Madrid, Bangkok, Singapore and Sydney as these are codeshare long haul flights that operate out of Terminal 3. Officially opened on March 14, 2008, the Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport was exclusively built for British Airways at a cost of 4.3 billion pounds and opened to passengers on March 27, 2008.
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