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April 10, 2017
Engineering An Airline: VC-10

A new book by British Airways uncovers the fascinating history of how the airline grew, thanks to the technical expertise and ingenuity of its engineers.

Amberley Books’ ‘Engineering an Airline’ looks back to the earliest days of commercial civil aviation in the 1920s right up to the present day working on the world’s most technically advanced aircraft; the Airbus 380 and the Boeing Dreamliner.

Featuring scores of never-before-seen images from the extensive British Airways archive, this beautifully illustrated book charts the history of Britain’s flag-carrying fleet for the last 90 years and the part played by the men and women who have worked so diligently to keep it flying.

Paul Jarvis, author and curator of British Airways’ Heritage Centre, said: “Aircraft have long held a fascination for many people and our highly trained engineers are the unsung heroes of the airline.

“This is the first book to look at the history of British Airways through its engineers and tell the story of those who can offer a unique insight into the complexities of running a fleet of highly sophisticated flying machines.”

This is Paul’s fourth book and draws on a wealth of fascinating and unique material from the British Airways archive and uses 200 full colour images to show the development of the airline’s engineering division.

‘Engineering An Airline’ is published by Amberley Publishing on April 15, and will cost £18.99. It will be available at all good book shops and via Kindle, Kobo and iBook formats.


For further information, please contact the British Airways press office at or call +44 (0) 20 8738 5100.

Notes to editors:

  • Paul Jarvis is the curator of British Airways’ Heritage Centre, based at the airline’s Waterside head office, near Heathrow’s Terminal 5. His previous books by Amberley include 'British Airways: An Illustrated History' (2014), 'Better by Design: Shaping the British Airways Brand' (2015) and ‘Mapping the Airways’ (2016).

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