British Airways - The nation's flag carrier, serving over 600 destinations
The UK's national carrier, British Airways is one of only 9 airlines in the world to fly to all the inhabited continents, and, along with its codeshares and subsidiaries, travels to almost 600 destinations. Known for its quality service, attention to detail and first-class safety record, British Airways remains the number one choice for many travellers looking for either international flights or domestic and internal departures. British Airways is the largest airline in the country, and is second only to EasyJet in terms of passenger numbers.
Reaching all inhabited continents, flying since 1935
British Airways Ltd was founded in 1935, and enjoyed success over the next few decades, expanding and taking part in many different mergers. The current form of British Airways was established in 1971, and has experienced huge growth since then. Highlights include the inauguration of its famous Concorde in 1976, which undertook supersonic flights to New York and Washington DC and remained in the sky for 26 years, as well as the company's privatisation in 1987. British Airways also became a founding member of the oneworld airline alliance, together with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas, and recently merged with Iberia to form IAG, International AirIines Group. Currently, British Airways boasts an extensive modern fleet of 233 aircraft, comprising of Boeing 737, Boeing 747, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787, as well as Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321, with orders for the Airbus A380 in place. The airline has hubs at London airports, with British Airways having a particular dominance at Heathrow
Airport, and a major operation at Gatwick
. Today, British Airways operates an extensive itinerary of flights around the globe, with departures ranging from Albania and Algeria, to Zambia to Zimbabwe.
Known for quality and service, choice of seat classes
British Airways offer a range of seat classes, with economy incorporating World Traveller and the Premium Economy World Traveller Plus, and providing a quality experience with meals, free bar service and extensive in-flight entertainment. Business Class flights on British Airways include Club World, Club Europe, and Openskies, which boast varying degrees of comfort and convenience, from fine wines and personal entertainment, to extreme privacy and 180 degree flat beds. Passengers purchasing First Class flight seats on British Airways are treated to the height of luxury and exclusivity, thanks to private suites and cabins, fully flat beds, a turndown service, enhanced lighting and the finest in-flight dining experiences.
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