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British Airways (BA)

British Airways is operating the largest aircraft carrier service in the United Kingdom. Based at London Heathrow Airport, British Airways offers year-round low fares on their flights to destinations across the globe, including cheap flights to Cancun. Presently British Airways serves over 600 destinations worldwide through their partnership with American Airlines, and other alliances made possible with Oneworld.

Identity Card

  • IATA code: BA
  • Number of serviced cities: 183
  • Main Hub: London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
  • Alliance: Oneworld
  • Fleet: 287

History of British Airways

British Airways was officially created when two English companies merged in 1972, the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways Corporation. This partnership made British Airways the United Kingdom’s national airline. But the company itself runs back much further in history than the seventies. Their forerunning company was the first in the world to establish a regularly scheduled international flight in 1919 with cheap flights to Paris from London. With new aircrafts and new routes also come lounges and specialty services including wifi in select airports and the option to dine before flying in order to optimise sleeping time. In the public eye British Airways is safe and reliable. Now having gone through different advertising campaigns, BA has gone from “The World’s Best Airline” to the more recent, “Upgrade to British Airways.”

Travel with British Airways: practical information

  • Onboard services

    • Meals: Depending on length of travel, passengers are provided with either a hot mean or a light snack. There are always complimentary drinks available. British Airways accommodates special dietary needs with a dozen different meals to choose from.
    • Entertainment: Most of British Airways cabins are now equipped with individual screens where they offer a large selection of movies, TV and audio channels, and games. They publish as well an in-flight magazine.
  • Baggage Allowances

    • Cabin: 1 standard-sized bag (56cm x 45cm x 25cm) weighing up to 23kg and 1 laptop-sized bag, briefcase, or handbag.
    • Checked: Luggage must not exceed the size restrictions of 90cm x 75cm x 43cm. The maximum weight restriction for each bag is 23kg. The number of bags you are allowed depends on the length of your travel. Domestic is 1, international is 2, any first-class travel is 3.
    • Excess: If there is excess baggage or your luggage weighs more than the restrictions, there will be a fine payable at the airport. Bags that weigh 23-32kg are charged £40 or local equivalent at check-in.

Discounts and Special Offers

BA regularly offers discounts on flight routes, hotel stays, and car rentals which can be found through Passengers can join British Airway’s loyalty program to collect BA Miles that can be cashed in for further discounts. Children between the ages of 2-12 travel at varying discounted rates, depending on the route while infants travel for free on an adult’s lap.


Telephone: 0844 493 0 787
Departure cities: London, Glasgow, Leeds, Edinburgh, Manchester

Latest news from British Airways

BA Cabin Crew Set To Strike On January 10 – 11
4 January 2017

British Airways cabin crew are set to strike for 48 hours from January 10th, in an ongoing dispute over pay.

Rules and Regulations for Kids Travelling Alone
10 November 2016

Want to send your kids on their first solo adventure? Airlines are more than willing to accommodate as long as you follow their rules.

British Airways Will Soon Offer WiFi and Netflix on Short Haul Flights
4 November 2016

The wait is over: from next summer, you'll be able to benefit from inflight WiFi on British Airways, Vueling, Aer Lingus and Iberia short haul flights!

British Airways Partners With M&S To Charge for Food on Short Haul Flights
30 September 2016

Partnering with M&S, British Airways will start charging for food and drink on short haul flights from January next year.

All for the air miles: man takes 7 flights and 2 days to get from London to Aberdeen
15 September 2016

Rather than taking a 1.35h flight to get from London to Aberdeen, this man decided to extend his journey over two days, taking seven flights to reach Scotland!

British Airways reduces its in-flight meals service
16 August 2016

For many, that in flight meal is a welcome diversion. However, British Airways are reducing their in flight meal service - and could be replacing the second meal with fun size snacks.

First direct flights UK-Chile launch next year
30 May 2016

British Airways is introducing the first ever direct flights between the UK and Chile, starting in January 2017.

BA considers ditching free food in economy
23 May 2016

British Airways is considering ditching free food in economy class on all short-haul flights.

British airways: new seasonal route Palermo – London
25 April 2016

British Airways announces a new seasonal route between Palermo and London Heathrow. The two flights per week will run until 24th September.

Easter travel madness: where should you avoid!
23 March 2016

Be prepared this Easter weekend and get the low down on roads to avoid in the busy Easter holiday period.