British Airways, also commonly known as BA, was founded in 1973 and comprises the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom. The airline has two hubs strategically situated in London Heathrow and Gatwick airports. British Airways is the largest airline in the United Kingdom in terms of flight size and the second largest when measured by passengers carried, the first being easyJet in this case. The airline is also the second largest airline in Europe, after Air France.
British Airways Plc and a number of subsidiaries make up the British Airways Group, formed in 1972. British Airways has many airline partners and codeshare agreements. In addition, being a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance has allowed British Airways to collectively serve more than 600 destinations worldwide. Finally, following the merger of British Airways and Spanish airline Iberia in January 2011, one of the world's largest airline groups was formed, the International Airlines Group, IAG.
The airline offers four different ways to check-in. Passengers with a British Airways booking can check-in online from 24 hours prior to scheduled flight departure and print out their boarding pass. Travellers may also check-in using the British Airways mobile app then download their boarding pass on their mobile. Alternatively, it is possible to check-in and print out boarding passes at the airport kiosks or at the airport check-in desk. Those with hand luggage can proceed directly to airport security whilst passengers with checked baggage need to pass by the bag drop desk.
On BA flights passengers are entitled to one item of hand luggage in addition to a laptop case or handbag. The cabin baggage must weigh up to 23kg and not measure more than 56cm x 45cm x 25 cm. Similarly, handbags and laptop cases must not exceed the dimensions of 45cm x 36cm x 20cm.
The British Airways checked baggage allowance varies in accordance with the passengers' class of travel as follows:
Additional allowances apply for frequent flyers and there are exceptions on flights to Brazil, and flights to and from Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. With a British Airways booking different checked baggage allowances also apply to connecting journeys originating in Saudi Arabia going to the USA, Bermuda or Canada as well as connecting journeys between India, the USA, Bermuda and Canada.
would have rated it higher but BA stitched me up for a change of flight details caused by them.
glass of water shall be available for free on flight, other type of drinks or alcohol can have surcharge but water?
Flight delayed 24 hours from cape town to Barcelona with next to no communication and very disorganised.
Flying out air Malta was a pleasure - a nice snacky lunch included in the price, good leg room in the seats. The return with British Airways was horrible - cramped in like sardines with my knees jammed against the back of the seat in front, and NO FOOD at all was provided - which on a 3-hour flight is disgusting. The more I travel with BA the less and less I want to!
Apart from the two hour delay at Gatwick with British airways, we had a pleasant flight with great food and refreshments on board
It would of been nice to at least have a little snack and a cup of tea without paying for it. I think BA can afford it.
We loved the family checking at the airport and the lovely service carried throughout the flight.
Excellent service. Flight was however an hour late and ended up arrival at Gatwick around 11 pm with children.
BA let us down . I understand that planes can develop faults but the way BA treated us was disgraceful
The flight out was 2 hours delayed, the return flight was 2 hours delayed. I used to enjoy a British airways flight, I now see little difference between them, Ryanair or Easy jet. Such a shame
Roomy seats,lovely staff,a complimentary drink and snack would be nice as if you travel with just cash you can.t buy one
Normally fly Ryanair out of Stansted, BA out of LCY is a much nicer service, but you pay for it.
BA is becoming more and more a general cheap airline without it being cheap. How is it to be differentiated?
This rating is for Monarch, the BA flight was fine.