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.
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.
Flight and service would have been fine except for the appalling 'catering' service. A new system of buying snacks and drinks was limited to purchases only by certain cards which many people did not have. Only one team of two cabin crew manned the trolley. They did not even reach the back of the plane before the flight ended so some of us were not served at all. The attitude of some of the cabin crew was unhelpful and even rude. I complained to BA after the flight and three weeks later am still awaiting a response of any kind (or even an acknowledgement). As our national flag carrier this is an embarrassment.
BA no longer has food and drink service and delayed on for both parts of the return journey.
Both journey was very smooth. Pleasant and helpful Waiters. Lagos back to LHR: Air condition was too high and has caused me a heavy chesty-cold and blocked-nose. No sock given, while so cold.
Seemless journey form entry to airport to sitting down on plane. Arrived ahead of time by 10minutes. Staff very pleasant. Seats comfortable but leg room not as roomy as some other similar priced airlines.
No delays - no problems.
I am not sure of what has happened to BA people but they seemed to be tired and bored of what they were doing.
I was (not pleasantly!!) surprised to find out BA has now taken to charging for a chosen seat (£13!) as well as for refreshments on board. What a disappointing decline in service! No need to choose BA over cheap options like Ryan air or Easyjet next time.
Hassle free for early morning flight
BA have now changed to charging for snacks and drinks on short flights
I think it is dumb that I couldn't choose my seat ahead of time or have a free extra checked bag despite the fact that I have BA Silver status. It shouldn't have to be a special type of fare for me to take advantage of those benefits.
There was no backage though i spoke with the flight agincy and they said you have bakage at the airport i had to pay money for my bags.