British Airways established in 1971 is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom. Formed after the British Overseas Airway Corporation (BOAC) & British European Airways (BEA) merged in 1974 the airline is now run by CEO Willie Walsh and Chairman Martin Broughton.
The headquarters of British Airways is located in Waterside near London Heathrow airport, the airlines main hub. Measured by fleet, number of flights and destinations BA is the UK’s largest airline.
British Airways operates flights to almost 150 destinations worldwide across all 6 major continents. Direct flights to overseas destinations with British Airways leave from London Heathrow airport, London Gatwick airport and London City airport. UK passengers can fly from 6 domestic airports with connecting flights available through the main airport hubs.
British Airways has long been considered a first choice for business travellers and with executive lounges offering internet access and light refreshments it remains a popular airline for frequent flyers.
All British Airways check-in desks at London Heathrow and London Gatwick airport close 45 minutes before the flight departs. Passengers are advised to arrive two hours before the flight. Online check-in closes an hour before departure.
All passengers can take one bag and one laptop-sized bag, handbag or briefcase as hand luggage. Standard passengers can take one bag weighing up to 23kg and World Traveller Plus may check in two bags at 23kg each. Club Europe passengers can check in two pieces at 32kg and First Club World can take three 32kg bags.
Domestic British Airways flights offer a seat pitch of 31 inches and 32 inches for Euro Traveller passengers. Long haul aircraft offer 38 inches for World Traveller Plus passengers, 6ft for Club World and 6ft 6 inch in First Class.
Frequent Flyer Programme
The Executive Club is a frequent flyer programme and member of the Oneworld alliance. Check British Airways information for membership details and how to earn rewards. An exclusive Premier programme is available by invitation from BA.
British Airways holds a reputation as a popular choice for business travel. A dedicated departure lounge for Euro Traveller, Business and Club passengers is available featuring refreshments and entertainment. A lounge is provided even in airports where BA doesn’t operate to ensure frequent flyers and premium passengers are valued.