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BRITISH AIRWAYS FACTSHEET
October 18, 2016
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British Airways, part of International Airlines Group, is one of the world's leading global premium airlines and the largest international carrier in the UK.

The carrier has its home base at London Heathrow, the world's busiest international airport, and flies to more than 170 destinations in 70 countries. You can find our destinations guide here.

British Airways has a fleet of more than 280 aircraft, including the A380 and 787. You can find out more about our aircraft here.

The airline carries more than 40 million customers a year and serves those customers 35 million cups of tea, 36.5 million meals and 3.7 million bottles of wine.

The benefits of booking with British Airways include:

  • Inclusive fares
  • Free food and drinks on all long haul flights 
  • Free seat selection within 24 hours of departure
  • No charge to pay for bookings by debit card
  • No charge to check-in
  • Flights to mainstream airports, close to the destinations customers want to travel to
  • A generous free baggage allowance, or, on European routes, customers can choose to book a hand baggage only fare 
  • Day trip return fares to popular European destinations

British Airways currently has approximately 40,000 employees including 15,000 cabin crew, 3,600 pilots and 5,500 engineers. The airline also offers opportunities for graduates and has more than 150 places for apprentices every year. You can find out about a career with the airline here.

British Airways celebrated its 90th anniversary on 25 August, 2009. The airline can trace its origins back to the birth of civil aviation. Since the world's first schedule air service on August 25, 1919, air travel has changed beyond all recognition.

The British Airways Heritage collection is an extensive document archive recording the formation, development and operations of British Airways and its predecessor companies as well as memorabilia and artefacts. More than 130 uniforms from the 1930s to the present day are preserved, as well as a large collection of aircraft models and pictures.

To explore British Airways' past, click here.

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