British Airways

Full Service Carrier
Fleet size
Passengers per year

British Airways is the flag carrier of the United Kingdom. The airline is the second-largest airline in the country and one of the larger airlines in Europe. The airline wants to be the world’s number one global premium and responsible airline.


British Airways is part of the International Airlines Group (IAG) which is also the parent company of the Spanish airlines Iberia and Vueling. IAG is the third-largest airline group in Europe, the company has over 65,000 employees of which almost 45,000 work for British Airways.

Parent company
International Airlines Group (IAG)


The airline was founded in 1974 as a merger between British Overseas Airways Corporation and European Airways, though, its traces are going back to 1919 when Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T), the predecessor of British Airways. BA was establishment in 1974, as a flag carrier owned by the government. Somewhat later, the government decided to privatise the airline which was fully completed in 1987. One year before the start of the second millennium the aviation alliance Oneworld was founded, British Airways was one of the founding members. This was an important mark of a new strategy for the airline. In 2010, the airline became part of International Airlines Group.

Quick facts

  • According to Skytrax, British Airlines has the second-best cabin crew in Europe (2019).
  • In 2019, British Airways received four Business Traveller Awards, for the best short-haul carrier, best frequent-flyer programme, best airport lounge and best product.
  • The airline was one of the only operators of the first and only supersonic passenger yet ever operated, the Concorde.


British Airways has over 30 lounges and more than 100 partner lounges. Please consult website British Airways for more information.

Buy lounge access

Luxury airport lounge


Passengers travelling with British Airways are allowed to bring one cabin bag and one personal item on board. The amount of allowed checked baggage depends on the route and travel class. Please consult website British Airways for more information.

Send your luggage

Lost baggage

In-flight Wi-Fi

British Airways is investing in in-flight Wi-Fi. At the end of 2019, the airline expects to have 90% of its aircraft enabled with Wi-Fi. Please consult website British Airways for more information.


Do you want to share your pictures with the world? Please send them to us, and we will publish them on our website!

Send us your photo offers free airport information through its own websites and partners. The use of this data is only permitted for non-commercial purposes, provided that the source is mentioned. Use for commercial purposes requires permission from, see the disclaimer.