When you select the big name in air-travel world - British Airways, you are selecting the Royal flavor of British custom and prestige. You will feel this sensation when you travel in any of the aircrafts flying under the banner British Airways. Virtually this is a combination of Airlines across the world, by name International Airlines Group (where British Airways is also taking part) which flies around 400 aircrafts of different models, sizes, capacities and flying power, to more than 200 destinations to carry a whopping 62 million passengers annually. For the British people whenever they think of air-travel, British Airways has become a household name; and they call it short by just two letters "BA". This is the largest airline in United Kingdom by fleet size.
The British Government intended to merge the two nationalized airlines then existing, namely British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways in 1972. Along with the above two airlines, another smaller airlines namely Cambrian Airways, Cardiff and Northeast Airlines, New Castle got clubbed together, to form one amalgamated airlines company – British Airways in 1974. The intention was to serve the British people with one big airlines company under the State administration. The Conservative Government in 1987 decided to privatize the British Airways airline service, for independent functioning and expansion of air-travel service to the people. Accordingly, British Airways grew in size by acquisitioning many other airline services operating in the British soil. Prominent among them are British Caledonian, Dan Air and British Midland International. Along with other world-renowned airline services like American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Canadian Airlines (now defunct), British Airways became the founding member of Oneworld airlines alliance, which is the third largest airlines alliance all over the world, to monitor and coordinate fares, passenger facilities and scheduled flight-services. In 2011, British Airways merged with Iberia, to come under the umbrella of International Airlines Group (IAG), which is second largest airlines group in Europe, as a public limited company. Today British Airways is a corporate entity, with valuable business trends and holding many subsidiaries and shareholders. Thus you can get impeccable service by way of disciplined corporate administration, ably managed by professionals in the field.
British Airways operates from its headquarters at Waterside, near its main hub located at London Heathrow Airport. The company is self-sufficient in maintaining and overhauling its huge fleet of aircrafts, through their own Engineering Branch in over 70 airports around the world; hanger facilities at Heathrow and Gatwick airports and major maintenance centres at Glasgow and Cardiff airport. So you need not worry about flight down-time and glitches.
At the time of inception, BA was a big customer for Flight aircrafts. Later with growing needs for passenger comfort, it inducted bigger size aircrafts like Airbus. Today out of the total of 293 aircrafts, 153 are Flight and 140 are Airbus. Depending upon long-haul and short-haul air-trips, BA rotates variants of latest Airbus models. BA has the unforgettable record of flying the world's first Supersonic aircraft, and is popular for using many latest and sophisticated Boeing variants like the Rolls Royce Trent.
You can fly through BA to 183 destinations in six continents. In addition, buy tickets for the other destinations through the partnership and code-sharing arrangements, with more than 25 world's popular airline services.
In a big airlines company like British Airways, naturally according to the flight-services of long-haul and short-haul, international and domestic flights, you get many variants in Passenger Classes. UK Domestic, Euro Traveller and Club Europe (Business Class); Long-haul route First-class, Business Class, Business class (Club World) Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus) and Economy (World Traveller) etc. Lounges accessibility also vary according to passenger class to avail – Concorde Room; Galleries First; Galleries Club; Galleries Lounge; Galleries Arrivals; First Lounge; Terrace Lounge; Executive Club Lounge; and British Airways Lounge.
Based on your Passenger Class, you can carry 23 kgs. of checked baggage. Interesting information here is if you want to travel light with personal bag or backpack, you get Special Fare concession.
While traveling in BA flights, you can enjoy in-flight meals; Wi-Fi and power outlets for all classes. Personal entertainment gadgets are provided in long-haul flights like Audio and Video On Demand system; complimentary flight magazines are made available for First-class and Business-class flyers. Come and fly with British Airways regularly, for availing the Loyalty Programmes namely Executive Club, to access special Lounges and "fast-track" queues and lot more!