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British Airways, which is headquartered outside of London and operates its main hub at London-Heathrow, is the largest airline in the United Kingdom. In addition to its passenger traffic, British Airways (BA) is also one of the leading cargo airlines in the world, carrying freight, mail and courier traffic. The airline traces its roots back to August 25, 1919 when a predecessor company, Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited, began daily scheduled air service between London and Paris. British Airways is now part of International Airlines Group which was formed in January 2011 and is the parent company of both BA and Iberia. British Airways was also one of just two airlines in the world to operate regularly scheduled supersonic commercial flights on the Concorde, which was retired from service in 2003.
British Airways provides up to four classes of service on its flights.
First Class passengers receive expedited check-in, security screening (where available) and boarding privileges. All First Class passengers enjoy fully lie-flat seats and receive an amenity kit, featuring D.R. Harris & Co. products, and noise-canceling headphones for use on the aircraft. Passengers departing either London Heathrow from Terminal 5 or New York's JFK airport have exclusive access to the Concorde Room, and to the First Class lounges in all other airports. For those airports that have them, passengers are able to freshen up in the Arrivals lounge upon arrival at their destination. Additionally, First Class passengers may use Quintessentially's concierge service for 14 days on either side of their flight. British Airways is in the process of rolling out its New First product featuring a new seat and updated interiors. As of early 2012, the New First product is available on select routes, including from London-Heathrow to Hong Kong, Lagos, New York-JFK, Sao Paolo, Shanghai, Tokyo-Haneda and Tokyo-Narita.
Business Class includes Club World (on routes to Europe and some North African destinations) and Club World London City (an exclusively Business Class flight between London City and New York-JFK). Passengers traveling in Club World have access to over 70 dedicated British Airways lounges and more than 170 lounges of British Airways' partners. Additionally, passengers have access to the Galleries Club when flying from Terminal 5 at London Heathrow and arrivals lounges where available. Club World and Club World London City passengers enjoy a fully lie-flat seat, noise-canceling headphones and an amenity kit. Passengers on Club World London City flights can check in at London City as few as 15 minutes before the flight. During the stopover in Shannon, Club World London City passengers clear U.S. Customs and Immigration, allowing for a quick exit from New York-JFK. Upon arrival in London City, passengers benefit from a dedicated Fast Track line through Passport Control.
Club Europe is available on select flights to destinations within Europe. Passengers traveling in Club Europe Class have access to dedicated British Airways' lounges as well as more than 170 lounges of British Airways' partners.
World Traveler Plus is British Airways' Premium Economy Class. Passengers traveling in Premium Economy enjoy larger seats and noise-canceling headphones. In addition, these passengers may check a second bag up to 23kg at no additional cost and have priority disembarking privileges.
Economy Class includes World Traveler (longer international flights), Euro Traveler (Europe and some North African destinations) and UK Domestic, depending on the destination of the aircraft.
Complimentary snacks and drinks tailored to the time of day of the flight are provided on all flights. Complimentary meals are available in all classes on long-haul flights.
On long-haul flights, all passengers have personal seat-back entertainment. High Life Entertainment's Audio and Video on Demand (AVOD) is available on certain aircraft, including B747s, long-haul B767s and B777-300s. On select flights throughout Europe, short TV programs are offered on shared televisions.
Long-haul flights (other than to European destinations) have power outlets in all First, Business and Premium Economy Class seats. Some of these power outlets are AC power outlets that accept both US and UK plugs, and others are EmPower outlets, which require an adapter to plug in a laptop. Select seats in Economy Class have power outlets on the Boeing 777-300 aircraft. On flights from London City to New York-JFK on the A318, you may also use your mobile phone to text, email and access the Internet through OnAir's service, but voice communication is not permitted.
British Airways' fleet includes the following aircraft types*:
*Please note that British Airways often has several configurations of a specific aircraft type, so please check SeatGuru for seat map information and recommendations on the best seats for your flight.
British Airways is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, which includes the following airlines:
Additionally, British Airways codeshares with several other airlines, including the following:
The Executive Club is British Airways' frequent flyer loyalty program.