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British Airways

British AirwaysThe country’s biggest airline
In 1924 Britain’s four pioneer airlines – Instone Air Line, Handley Page Transport, Daimler Airways (a successor to AT&T) and British Air Marine Navigation – merged to form Imperial Airways, which developed its Empire routes to Australia and Africa. At the same time a number of smaller UK companies had started flights. These merged in 1935 to form the original privately-owned British Airways Ltd. Imperial Airways and British Airways were nationalised in 1939 to form the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).

British Airways currently has 265 aircraft in service in its fleet, with a further 45 on order.

Flights From British Airways - Worldwide
British Airways plc is the United Kingdom’s largest airline and flag carrier and one of the largest in Europe. Its main hubs are London Heathrow and London Gatwick and the airline flies to every continent in the world. All major cities are covered from Abu Dhabi, Accra and Algiers to Tripoli, Tunis and Tokyo. British Airways introduced the Boeing 757 and Boeing 737 into the fleet in the 1980s, followed by the Boeing 747-400, Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 in the nineties. In the late 1990s British Airways placed its own first direct Airbus order, for over 100 A320/A319s to replace its fleet of Boeing 737s. In September 2007 BA placed its first order for long-haul Airbus jets, 12 Airbus A380s.

Aviation innovation
The world’s first supersonic passenger service, developed with Air France, first flew in 1969. The famous Concorde was inaugurated in January 1976 and continued for 27 years. It flew regular transatlantic flights from London Heathrow (British Airways) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (Air France) to New York JFK and Washington Dulles, flying these routes at record speeds, in under half the time of other airliners. The last "retirement" flight occurred a month later.

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