The largest airline and the national carrier of The United kingdom, British Airways (BA) is based at London Heathrow Airport in London, England. It also has a presence at London Gatwick Airport. Headquartered at Waterside, Harmondsworth in the London Borough of Hillingdon, the British Airways is the outcome of nationalization of two London based airlines - British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways.
Initially, British Airlines inherited UK built fleet of aircrafts, and often equipped its Boeing aircrafts with British-made Rolls Royce engines. Between 1980 and 1990, the airline introduced Boeing 737, Boeing 757, Boeing 747-400, Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 to meet its growing needs and today, the airline's long haul fleet mainly comprises Boeing 747-400s amounting to 57 in total, making British Airways the largest operator of the type in the world. Other aircrafts in its fleet include a variety of Boeings like737 - 400 (19), Boeing 747 - 400 (57), Boeing 767 - 300 ER (21), Boeing 777 - 200 ER (43)and others besides the Airbus A318 (2 nos), Airbus A319 (33), Airbus A320-200 (40) and Airbus A321-200 (11). British Airways fleet currently stands at a total count of 228 aircrafts.
The British Airways baggage policy is different for different flights and is specific to different areas as well. Class-wise, baggage rules vary from just one bag of 23 kgs in World Traveller Euro Traveller Domestic class to 3 bags of up to 32 kgs each in First Club World class. Everything in excess is liable to a charge. As clearly stated in the British Airways cabin baggage policy, one bag together with a laptop or a hand bag is allowed. However, the extra bag must fit under the seat or in front of the passenger.
Awards & Recognition
The Executive Club of British Airways was honoured in the Frequent Flyer Club category at the 21st Freddie Awards, a prestigious platform for recognizing exemplary service in the world of travel.
British Airways History
British Airways was conceived in 1974, when the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways Corporation (BEA) managements were combined under the newly formed British Airways Board. British Airways received its private status much later in 1987, by merging two regional airlines Cambrian Airways and Northeast Airlines, along with the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways. In 1992, British Airways ran into a hostile relation with Virgin Atlantic, due to which it had to pay exorbitant sums to the latter as fine. Following this, the management changed several times and finally in September 1998, British Airways along with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Qantas and the now defunct Canadian Airlines, agreed to form the oneworld airline alliance in order to better compete with the growing Star Alliance members, only to emerge as one of the largest airline alliances in the world! In 2008, British Airways launched its new subsidiary OpenSkies which takes advantage of the liberalisation of transatlantic traffic rights between Europe and the United States. OpenSkies flies non-stop from Paris to New York and Washington D.C. In July 2010, British Airways was granted permission by the European Commission to merge with Spanish carrier, Iberia, and to co-ordinate with American Airlines on fares and scheduling for transatlantic routes. This deal is expected to be operational by the end of 2010.
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