British Airways is the national airline of the United Kingdom and the largest full-service airline in the United Kingdom based on destinations and passengers served. The airline also owns two subsidiary airlines, BA CityFlyer and BA EuroFly. In terms of passengers carried, it's the second-largest airline in the United Kingdom (behind easyJet) but is the dominant airline for long-haul flights flying from the UK.
The airline is based at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and flies to over 200 destinations worldwide. While the airline mainly does intercontinental flights, it also has a strong route network in Europe and a domestic route network within the UK.
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|Aberdeen||Aberdeen Airport (ABZ)|
|Belfast||George Best Belfast City Airport (BFS)|
|Edinburgh||Edinburgh Airport (EDI)|
|Glasgow||Glasgow Airport (GLA)|
|Inverness||Inverness Airport (INV)|
|Leeds||Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA)|
|London||London City Airport (LCY)|
|Manchester||Manchester Airport (MAN)|
|Newcastle||Newcastle Airport (NCL)|
|Albania||Tirana||Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza|
|Algeria||Algiers||Houari Boumediene Airport|
|Antigua and Barbuda||St. John's||V. C. Bird International Airport|
|Argentina||Buenos Aires||Ministro Pistarini International Airport|
|Vienna||Vienna International Airport|
|Bahamas||Nassau||Lynden Pindling International Airport|
|Bahrain||Manama||Bahrain International Airport|
|Barbados||Bridgetown||Grantley Adams International Airport|
|Bermuda||Hamilton||L.F. Wade International Airport|
|Brazil||Rio de Janeiro||Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport|
|São Paulo||São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport|
|Canada||Calgary||Calgary International Airport|
|Montreal||Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport|
|Toronto||Toronto Pearson International Airport|
|Vancouver||Vancouver International Airport|
|Cayman Islands||George Town||Owen Roberts International Airport|
|Chile||Santiago||Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport|
|China||Beijing||Beijing Daxing International Airport|
|Shanghai||Shanghai Pudong International Airport|
|Costa Rica||San José||Juan Santamaría International Airport|
|Cyprus||Larnaca||Larnaca International Airport|
|Paphos||Paphos International Airport|
|Czech Republic||Prague||Václav Havel Airport Prague|
|Dominican Republic||Punta Cana||Punta Cana International Airport|
|Egypt||Cairo||Cairo International Airport|
|Figari||Figari–Sud Corse Airport|
|Limoges||Limoges – Bellegarde Airport|
|Marseille||Marseille Provence Airport|
|Nantes||Nantes Atlantique Airport|
|Nice||Nice Côte d'Azur Airport|
|Paris||Charles de Gaulle Airport|
|Germany||Berlin||Berlin Tegel Airport|
|Cologne||Cologne Bonn Airport|
|Ghana||Accra||Kotoka International Airport|
|Gibraltar||Gibraltar||Gibraltar International Airport|
|Greece||Athens||Athens International Airport|
|Chania||Chania International Airport|
|Kalamata||Kalamata International Airport|
|Kefalonia||Kefalonia International Airport|
|Santorini||Santorini (Thira) International Airport|
|Zakynthos||Zakynthos International Airport|
|Grenada||St. George||Maurice Bishop International Airport|
|Hong Kong SAR||Hong Kong||Hong Kong International Airport|
|Hungary||Budapest||Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport|
|Iceland||Reykjavík||Keflavík International Airport|
|India||Bangalore||Kempegowda International Airport|
|Chennai||Chennai International Airport|
|Delhi||Indira Gandhi International Airport|
|Hyderabad||Rajiv Gandhi International Airport|
|Mumbai||Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport|
|Israel||Tel Aviv||Ben Gurion Airport|
|Italy||Bari||Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport|
|Bergamo||Orio al Serio International Airport|
|Bologna||Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport|
|Cagliari||Cagliari Elmas Airport|
|Genoa||Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport|
|Milan||Milan Linate Airport|
|Milan Malpensa Airport|
|Naples||Naples International Airport|
|Palermo||Falcone Borsellino Airport|
|Pisa||Pisa International Airport|
|Rome||Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport|
|Venice||Venice Marco Polo Airport|
|Jamaica||Kingston||Norman Manley International Airport|
|Japan||Osaka||Kansai International Airport|
|Narita International Airport|
|Jordan||Amman||Queen Alia International Airport|
|Kenya||Nairobi||Jomo Kenyatta International Airport|
|Kosovo||Pristina||Pristina International Airport|
|Kuwait||Kuwait City||Kuwait International Airport|
|Lebanon||Beirut||Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport|
|Luxembourg||Luxembourg City||Luxembourg Airport|
|Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||Kuala Lumpur International Airport|
|Maldives||Malé||Velana International Airport|
|Malta||Valletta||Malta International Airport|
|Mauritius||Mahébourg||Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport|
|Mexico||Cancún||Cancún International Airport|
|Mexico City||Mexico City International Airport|
|Morocco||Marrakech||Marrakesh Menara Airport|
|Netherlands||Amsterdam||Amsterdam Airport Schiphol|
|Rotterdam||Rotterdam The Hague Airport|
|Nigeria||Abuja||Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport|
|Lagos||Murtala Muhammed International Airport|
|Norway||Oslo||Oslo Gardermoen Airport|
|Oman||Muscat||Muscat International Airport|
|Pakistan||Islamabad||Islamabad International Airport|
|Peru||Lima||Jorge Chávez International Airport|
|Poland||Kraków||Kraków John Paul II International Airport|
|Warsaw||Warsaw Chopin Airport|
|Qatar||Doha||Hamad International Airport|
|Romania||Bucharest||Henri Coandă International Airport|
|Russia||Moscow||Domodedovo International Airport|
|Sheremetyevo International Airport|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Basseterre||Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport|
|Saint Lucia||Vieux Fort||Hewanorra International Airport|
|Saudi Arabia||Dammam||King Fahd International Airport|
|Jeddah||King Abdulaziz International Airport|
|Riyadh||King Khalid International Airport|
|Seychelles||Mahé||Seychelles International Airport|
|Singapore||Singapore||Singapore Changi Airport|
|South Africa||Cape Town||Cape Town International Airport|
|Durban||King Shaka International Airport|
|Johannesburg||O. R. Tambo International Airport|
|South Korea||Seoul||Incheon International Airport|
|Barcelona||Barcelona–El Prat Airport|
|Las Palmas||Gran Canaria Airport|
|Madrid||Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport|
|Palma de Mallorca||Palma de Mallorca Airport|
|Tenerife||Tenerife South Airport|
|Sweden||Gothenburg||Göteborg Landvetter Airport|
|Stockholm||Stockholm Arlanda Airport|
|Switzerland France Germany||Basel Mulhouse Freiburg||EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Port of Spain||Piarco International Airport|
|Scarborough||Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson International Airport|
|Tunisia||Tunis||Tunis–Carthage International Airport|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||Providenciales||Providenciales International Airport|
|United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi International Airport|
|Dubai||Dubai International Airport|
|United States||Atlanta||Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport|
|Austin||Austin-Bergstrom International Airport|
|Baltimore||Baltimore–Washington International Airport|
|Boston||Logan International Airport|
|Charleston||Charleston International Airport|
|Chicago||Chicago O'Hare International Airport|
|Dallas||Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport|
|Denver||Denver International Airport|
|Houston||George Bush Intercontinental Airport|
|Las Vegas||McCarran International Airport|
|Los Angeles||Los Angeles International Airport|
|Miami||Miami International Airport|
|Nashville||Nashville International Airport|
|New Orleans||Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport|
|Newark||Newark Liberty International Airport|
|New York City||John F. Kennedy International Airport|
|Orlando||Orlando International Airport|
|Philadelphia||Philadelphia International Airport|
|Phoenix||Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport|
|Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh International Airport|
|Portland||Portland International Airport|
|San Diego||San Diego International Airport|
|San Francisco||San Francisco International Airport|
|San Jose||San Jose International Airport|
|Seattle||Seattle–Tacoma International Airport|
|Tampa||Tampa International Airport|
|Washington, D.C.||Washington Dulles International Airport|
Passengers are given one item of free carry-on baggage and one free small personal item.
The free carry-on bag cannot exceed 23 kg in weight or 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm (22" x 17.7" x 9.8") in dimensions.
The free small personal item cannot exceed 23 kg in weight or 40 cm x 15 cm x 30 cm (15.7" x 5.9" x 11.8") in dimensions.
Passengers free checked baggage allowance will depend on the cabin class that the passenger is flying in. The table below details the free checked baggage allowance of each cabin class:
|ECONOMY CLASS||PREMIUM ECONOMY||BUSINESS CLASS||FIRST CLASS|
|1 or 2 pieces of free checked baggage with a maximum weight of 23–32 kg, depending on the route flown.||2 pieces of free checked baggage with a maximum weight of 23 kg per bag on all flights.||2 pieces of free checked baggage with a maximum weight of 32 kg per bag on all flights.||3 items of free checked baggage with a maximum weight of 32 kg per bag on all flights.|
Passengers can check-in online for their flight on the British Airways online check-in page. Online check-in opens 24 hours before scheduled flight departure time.
Passengers that can't check-in online or are unable to check-in online can check-in at the airport. This can be done by visiting one of the airport check-in desks with the relevant travel documents. Airport check-in closing times differ depending on the airport of departure.
|AIRPORTS||CHECK-IN CLOSING TIME
(BEFORE FLIGHT DEPARTURE)
|London Heathrow (LHR)||Long-haul: 60 minutes
Short-haul: 45 minutes
|London Gatwick (LGW)||Long-haul: 60 minutes
Short-haul: 45 minutes
|London City (LCY)||20 minutes for all flights|
|London Stansted (STN)||45 minutes for all flights|
|All other UK airports||45 minutes for all flights|
|Paris Orly (ORY)||45 minutes for all flights|
|Short-haul European airports||Flights from AMS, BCN, IST, LIS, MAD, LIN, MXP, PMI, FRA:
All other flights: 45 minutes
|Long-haul international flights||Flights from Jeddah (JED): 90 minutes
All other flights: 60 minutes
British Airways Economy Class is differs depending on whether the flights are short-haul or long-haul.
Euro Traveller is Economy Class for flights within Europe and UK. It offers a comfortable cabin with leather seats, adjustable headrests, complimentary newspapers and LED mood lighting.
Euro Traveller is split into three different fare structures:
Basic —this includes an allocated seat and hand baggage. With this fare, you can add a checked bag for a fee or choose a seat.
Plus — Plus fare allows passengers to choose their seat for free 48 hours before departure, request flight changes on the departure date for free and a greater checked baggage allowance.
Plus Flex — Plus Flex is a suitable fare provides flexibility on ticket changes and allows passengers to choose where a seat up to an hour before the flight.
World Traveller is Economy Class for long-haul flights. Onboard a wide body plane, it offers a comfortable and spacious cabin with leather reclinable seats, complimentary meals and drinks, a personal entertainment system on all fares.
World Traveller is split into two fares:
Basic — includes carry-on baggage and a pre-allocated seat, perfect for light travel with no-frills.
Standard — includes checked baggage, seat selection and allows passengers to board earlier than the Basic fare.
Seats on British Airways flights are set out in a 3 x 3 x 3 configuration on long-haul flights and a 3 x 3 configuration on short-haul flights. Seats offer between 29–31" of pitch and 17" of width.
The British Airways Premium Economy Service is called World Traveller Plus and is only available on medium-haul and long-haul flights.
Passengers receive a quilt and cushion and can enjoy great in-flight entertainment with a selection of movies and films. Passengers can enjoy the same great menu that's in Economy Class but with alcoholic cocktails and mocktails added to the Premium Economy bar menu. Each passenger is given an amenity kit, which uses materials created from recycled plastic bottles. The kits include eyeshade, socks, pen, toothbrush, toothpaste and lip balm from Scaramouche & Fandango.
What Are Premium Economy Seats Like?
The service offers passengers increased reclination on seats, personal in-seat power sockets and a larger in-flight entertainment screen.
The seats in British Airways Premium Economy are approximately 18.5 inches in width and recline to a 38-inch pitch.
British Airways Business Class service provides passengers with an excellent range of services to ensure they have the most enjoyable flight possible. The facilities offered onboard depend on whether the flight is long-haul or short-haul. For long-haul flights "Club World" flights passengers will be able to enjoy the best night's sleep possible onboard their BA flights. Passengers flying within Europe on "Club Europe" BA flights are guaranteed more comfort on board to help them relax on their European flight.
BA's Club World passengers can expect three-course meals to suit every taste as well as a range of expertly chosen Old and New World wines. Each passenger's seat is equipped with a personal 10.4in flat screen so you never spend a moment bored on your flight. For Business Club Europe passengers, delicious meal options will be crafted to match the length of your flight.
Club World British Airways seats give personal space to stretch out in privacy and comfort. At night, seats will convert into a 183cm (72") fully flatbed. Passengers flying between London and New York on BA's Club World London City flights will be able to get the rest they need on board with a seat that converts into a fully flatbed. Power supplies are fitted to every seat to allow passengers to charge their electronic devices in-flight. Passengers in the airline's Club Europe cabin sit on contoured leather seats with 76.2cm (30") legroom and fully movable headrests.
First Class is the most luxurious of the British Airways travel classes. From a personal stylish suite to exclusive spa treatments and world-class meals, First Class ensures that passengers arrive at their destination in style. First Class is only available on long-haul flights.
Passengers flying from LHR and JFK are given access to The Concorde Room, BA's most luxurious departure lounge. The lounge offers passengers total intimacy with a private cabin and full waiter service.
In-flight, passengers can enjoy their own private suite and a fine-dining experience with crockery, cutlery and glassware. Passengers are also provided with soft cotton sleepwear and can pamper themselves with the airline's luxury Aromatherapy Associates products and Liberty of London amenity kit.
British Airways First Class seats recline into a fully-flat bed with a luxurious quilted mattress, crisp white cotton duvet and pillows. Each seat gives 78" of pitch, 22" of width and has a power supply to allow passengers to charge their personal electronic devices.
BA's in-flight entertainment is available on all long-haul international flights and offers a range of TVs, movies, music and games.
The TV shows on offer with British Airways are constantly being updated, but the airline currently offers a range of documentaries, BBC dramas, cartoons and sitcoms.
Offering action packed blockbusters as well as thought-provoking thrillers, British Airways has a excellent selection of films to suit every taste. As well as British films, the airline also shows a number of Hollywood movies.
British Airways high-speed WIFI is powered by .air, which allows passengers to browse the web with Chrome, Safari 1E11 and Edge.
British Airways WIFI allows you to choose from two different packages:
British Airways WIFI pricing starts at £4.99 GBP.
British Airways offer a variety of meals and snacks on board their flights, depending on the route and class flying.
Passengers travelling short-haul in Economy are offered food provided by Marks & Spencer to purchase , including sandwiches and sweet and savoury snacks. Passengers travelling short-haul in Premium Economy or Business are given complimentary meals based on the length of the flight as part of the Club Europe service.
Passengers travelling long-haul flights are offered complimentary food on all flights, with breakfast in the morning and a meal for either lunch or dinner and afternoon tea provided on select flights. All passengers are offered complimentary snacks and drinks in addition to this. Prior to the flight, passengers can check their booking to see what special meals can be reserved, purchased or upgraded to. This must be done between 30 days and 24 hours before flying.
British Airways offer special meals for their flights for passengers who request them prior to flying. These meals must be ordered at least 24 hours before scheduled departure time, except for Kosher meals on flights departing from London Gatwick (LGW) which must be ordered at least 48 hours prior to departure. These are all the meal types that British Airways offer:
British Airways offer a full drinks service, including alcoholic beverages, on most of their flights. These are available to purchase in any class, but long-haul flights will include a complimentary drink with their meal.
British Airways' tiered loyalty programme, Executive Club, gives passengers access to special lounges and dedicated 'fast' queues. Passengers can collect Avios (points) every time that they fly with British Airways or purchase from one of its partners. The more Avios earned, the higher the level of membership passengers are awarded. The higher the level of membership, the more benefits passengers will receive.
Passengers can also use Avios to purchase or upgrade their flight on any British Airways flight or any member of the Oneworld alliance.
British Airways is a founding member of the world's third-biggest airline alliance, the Oneworld alliance. British Airways works closely with its Oneworld partner airlines to offer passengers a range of benefits for each airline. BA has a series of interline agreements with airline's within Oneworld that allows its passengers to fly to destinations beyond Britsh Airway's route network.
These are all the members of the Oneworld alliance:
British Airways codeshares with the following airlines:
TAAG Angola Airlines
The British Airways fleet includes a mix of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. This includes:
Overall, the airline has more than 250 aircraft within its fleet.
Heathrow Airport is a major international airport in west London, England. Heathrow and is the hub airport for British Airways.
By passenger traffic, London Heathrow is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom, the busiest airport in Europe and within the top 10 busiest airports in the world. In 2018, it handled a record 80.1 million passengers.
London Heathrow has a massive duty free sections and lots of other shops both landside and airside. London Heathrow was featured on our blog as one of the best places in the world for airport shopping.
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Yes, British Airways and American Airlines have been working together since 1999 as part of the oneworld® alliance consisting of over 10 major airlines including Alaska Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.
All tickets with British Airways include a free hand baggage allowance which includes a hand bag or a laptop-sized bag, as well as a cabin bag. It will also include a checked bag unless you are flying with a Basic fare ticket.
Hand bag - up to 40 x 30 x 15cm and up to 23kg
Cabin bag - up to 56 x 45 x 25cm and up to 23kg
Checked bag - up to 90 x 75 x 43cm and up to 23kg
Every time you fly with British Airways or one of the oneworld® partners, you’ll collect tier points. There are four Executive Club tiers: