British Airways is the flag carrier of the United Kingdom. It is the largest airline in the country, based on its fleet and the number of international flights and sectors it covers. The airline is headquartered in Waterside, close to the London Heathrow Airport.
The British Airways Group was set up in 1972 and eventually resulted in the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways being dissolved. In 1974, British Airways was formed. The airline was privatised in 1987. It is one of the founding members of the one world airline alliance along with 4 other airline companies.
Over the years, British Airways has won several awards. Among its recent achievements are the Best short-haul airline and Best long-haul airline awards, which the carrier received at the National Geographic Traveler Reader Awards 2016. Apart from this, British Airways was also the recipient of the Globe Travel Awards’ Favorite airline award in the same year.
It has won other awards in the past, which include the 'World's Best Business Class Airline Lounge' in April 2012. It also won the Best Transatlantic Airline award at the 2012 World Airline Awards held at the Farnborough Air Show. It has won several international awards for its lounges, website, and its First Class and Business Class offerings.
British Airways operates a range of well-built and advanced aircraft across various sectors and routes. This includes Airbus variants like the A318-100, A319-100, 320-200, A321-200, and A380-800, and Boeing aircraft like the 747-400 and 757-200. It has several other aircraft of various categories servicing multiple sectors.
British flies to over 170 destinations that span around 70 countries. Being a part of the oneworld alliance, it is one of the very few to have flights to each of the six major continents. As a member of the alliance, the airline is able to provide connectivity to more than 150 countries across 1000 destinations.
British Airways offers a range of travel classes to choose from depending on how a passenger would like to make his journey.
Economy Class: Economy Class flights provide you with prices that are all inclusive and offer the best value for money. World Traveller, Euro Traveller, and UK Domestic are the sub-cabin classes under Economy. World Traveller offers complimentary meals and a host of other benefits. Euro Traveller is ideal for those who prefer comfort at an affordable price. UK Domestic assures excellent in-flight services while still being light on the pocket.
Premium Economy Class: Under a Premium Economy cabin class booking, you become eligible for the World Traveller Plus benefits, which include better privacy, space, extra baggage allowance, and personal entertainment options, besides other things. Business Class: Under Business Class, there are three sub-cabin classes—namely, Club Europe, Club World, and Club World London City. On Club Europe flights, you will experience uninterrupted connectivity, access to exclusive lounges, extra baggage permit, AirPortr facilities, and dedicated check-in services. As a Club World passenger, luxury amenity kits, spa facilities, private lounge access, and dedicated boarding and check-in services are a part and parcel of your journey onboard British Airways. If you are a Club World London City passenger, you receive spacious seats, amenity kits by luxury brands, personal iPads, flatbeds, and more. First Class: First Class passengers can bask in the luxury from the moment they arrive at the airport. From priority boarding and check-in, extra baggage allowance, and Fast Track security at the airport to spa facilities and varied in-flight entertainment options, excellent services are characteristic of British Airways’ offering.
For more information regarding these services or any queries about the same, you may contact British Airways’ customer support.In case you need to cancel your booking, click here for details on British Airways’ cancellation policy.
According to British Airways’ baggage policy, when you book with the carrier, your checked baggage allowance will be considered against various factors like cabin class, frequent flyer membership tier status, and other criteria. Note that the acceptable limit for luggage in Economy, Premium Economy, Business, and First Class generally ranges between 23 kgs and 32 kgs. The luggage pieces you will be permitted may vary based on your route. The number of bags allowed will also be different for children, infants, and adults.
There are also additional allowances for members of oneworld and the Executive Club, which allow a free checked-in baggage of up to 32 kgs across any class.British Airways cabin baggage allowance is generous, with every adult and child over 2 years being allowed 1 cabin bag and 1 handbag on board for free. The baggage limit for each item of hand luggage should not exceed 23 kgs. For information on British Airways’ baggage allowance, please click here.
Note that British Airways’ online check-in facility is available 24 hours before your flight departs. This may vary for different airports, so inquire about it in advance. Before completing the Web check-in procedure, you could pay for extra luggage (if you have any) and even select a seat of your choice. Checking in multiple people is not a hassle with British Airways, since the carrier allows you to do this for up to nine people, provided that they are under a single booking. If you wish to check in for a larger group, you could do so at an airport kiosk. Post Web check-in, ensure you print out the British Airways boarding pass issued to you from home or have it printed at the airport kiosk.
The airline’s loyalty program is called Executive Club. You could register as a British Airways frequent flyer member to win exclusive benefits for flying with the carrier. Once you enroll, you begin to earn Avios with every flight booking. You will also be collecting Tier points, which could help you upgrade your status as a member of the program. Avios could be redeemed for travel rewards, cabin class upgrades, and more. The Executive Club loyalty program also lets you transfer and receive Avios with friends and family members, which may then be spent on an array of rewards and privileges.
With the easy-to-use interface of the Cleartrip app, you may make all your British Airways bookings quickly. Should you make a last-minute booking, you can always check on your British Airways PNR status based on the guidelines of our site.
Choose from multiple domestic and international routes, track your flight, or simply look for pertinent information; our site will have all you need to know on flights, discounts, ground services, and more. You have the option of booking up to four flights at once through the multi-city bookings option. Also, you do not need to switch between pages to learn about new tariffs; simply opt for Cleartrip’s Fare Alerts, and use the fare calendar for easy bookings whenever you want.
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|Airline call sign
|"25 August 1919; 103 years ago(as Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited)31 March 1974; 48 years ago(as British Airways)"
|London, England, UK
|Most popular destinations
|EDI, LON, DUB, GLA, PAR, AMS
|Most popular routes
|EDI-LON, DUB-LON, GLA-LON, PAR-LON, AMS-LON
|Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200, Airbus A350-1000, Airbus A380-800, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Embraer 190 (BA CityFlyer)
|Official airline website
|British_Airways contact number
0124 412 0715
Yes. Web check-in is possible 24 hrs to 1 hr before the flight, except for passengers flying to the USA who must complete online check-in 2 hrs before the flight.
Yes, both paid and free seating options are available.
Yes. However, there is a possibility of choosing something different from the menu by paying for it. In addition, one can pre-order their meal online between 30 days to 24 hrs before the flight’s departure. For any medical dietary requirements, requests for customs need to be made in advance.
British Airways has a simple and detailed policy to help passengers when a flight is delayed or canceled. Everything is done with utmost care and no extra charge, from arranging passengers on the next possible flight, which could include arranging for a night's stay at the hotel or refunding the ticket amount.
Transferring the ticket or changing the name on a ticket is not allowed. Adjusting the amount of flight change is either refund if the new fare is lower or the passenger has to pay extra if the new fare is higher. Refunds for canceled tickets are highlighted at the time of canceling. A full refund of the ticket is possible if a ticket is canceled within 24 hours of the booking and the travel date is at least 7 days away.
Baggage allowance differs based on the flight’s route and the passenger’s travel class.
It connects over 70 countries and 170 destinations globally, including at least 11 domestic locations within the UK.
BA in IATA, BAW, SHT in ICAO and SPEEDBIRD, SHUTTLE is a Callsign.
British Airways frequently runs discount programs to help one get a good deal. Alternatively, when tickets are booked in advance, getting cheaper flights is higher.
Yes. It is a paid service and charges vary based on the left of the flight and the package of your choice. There is a different package for messaging and browsing/streaming.
Yes. On long-haul flights, various entertainment options are available for every age group.
Yes. The guidelines are shared at ticket booking and customised as per your destination.
No. Their partner airlines may have different regulations, and hence, one would have to check them out individually.
Only recognised service dogs are allowed in the cabin free of charge. To fly the pets out of the UK they have tied up with PetAir UK and to fly the pets to the UK they have tied up with IAG Cargo.
For the safety of the mother and baby, pregnant women are not allowed on board at the end of the 36th week if they are pregnant with one baby and the 32nd week if pregnant with more than one baby.
Yes. It needs to be requested 48 hrs before the flight’s scheduled departure.
Any sealed beverage with 70% of alcohol content is allowed in checked-in baggage for up to 5 liters. A 5-liter limit is not applicable for drinks with an alcohol content of less than 24%.
On long haul flights, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are free.