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British Airways UK

About British Airways

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.

Online check-in

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.

Hand luggage allowance

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.

Checked baggage allowance

The British Airways checked baggage allowance varies in accordance with the passengers' class of travel as follows:

  • Economy Class (UK Domestic, Euro Traveller, World Traveller, Eco) - 1 item of checked baggage weighing a max 23kg.
  • Premium Economy Class (World Traveller Plus, Prem Plus) - 2 items of checked baggage weighing a maximum 23kg each.
  • Business and First Class: Club Europe members are entitled to 2 items of checked baggage weighing a maximum 32kg each whilst Club World. Club World London City, Biz Bed and First members are allowed 3 checked bags weighing 23kg each.

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.

Airline information

  • Airline name: British Airways
  • IATA code: BA
  • Founded: 1974
  • Headquarters: Waterside, Harmondsworth, United Kingdom
  • Website: www.ba com

Latest customer reviews on British Airways flights

3.3 /5
Total reviews based on: 126
Alicante
Birmingham
Alicante - Birmingham Intl ( ALC - BHX )
1.0 /5
Bradley
Date 2017-09-02 City Birmingham Age Under 30 Class Economy

Worst fligh I've ever been on. I booked British airways and flew vueling? Found out when I got there

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Naples
London
Capodichino - Gatwick ( NAP - LGW )
2.0 /5
Blackadder
Date 2017-09-02 City London Age 31-50 Class Economy

Can see the difference between Ryan Air and British Airways to be honest it is a budget Airline in all respects unless you fligh with their business class .... Why do BA always have massive flight delays ?

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Cairo
London
Cairo International Airport - Heathrow ( CAI - LHR )
4.0 /5
Sherif
Date 2017-09-01 City Cairo Age 31-50 Class Economy

You guys are awesome. Hassle free process and for sure best value I found. Thank you

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Pisa
Gatwick - Galileo Galilei ( LGW - PSA )
4.0 /5
happy traveller
Date 2017-09-01 City Bognor Regis Age 31-50 Class Economy

great check-in staff member

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
St Kitts
Gatwick - Golden Rock ( LGW - SKB )
2.0 /5
Mary
Date 2017-08-31 City London Age 31-50 Class Economy

I will like to complain about our flight from London Gatwick to St Kitts. We were a party of 7 passengers. One of us was in first class, three were in premium economy and the remaining three were in economy. During the flight we visited each other as it was a very long flight and there were 4 children in our party. I visited my sister in law in her first class section and the children did the same in premium economy where the 2 other children seated. The crew were very rude and abrupt to us in the presence of other travelling passengers. They asked us to move back to our seats and told us not to self upgrade ourselves. We explained that the children were just playing together, they came back to us again to move and we did immediately and never returned. One of my daughter's monitor was not working and we reported it, the crew attempted to reset but failed to work. The crew offered my daughter an alternative seat in economy in between 2 male passengers but we declined and I moved instead but noticed the hostess named Grace rolled her eyes at me but I ignored her expression, my monitor also did not work throughout the flight. Overall, the flight was ok, but the crew were not friendly and was quite abrupt. I've never flown BA from Gatwick before and will think twice next time. I will always try to fly with British Airways.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Madrid
Gatwick - Adolfo Suárez Madrid - Barajas ( LGW - MAD )
5.0 /5
Jac
Date 2017-08-30 City USA Age 31-50 Class Economy

Awesome easy flight

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Limoges
Gatwick - Bellegarde ( LGW - LIG )
5.0 /5
Bilby
Date 2017-08-29 City London Age 31-50 Class Economy

?40 each way to stow one suitcase in the hold is bordering on usary.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Salzburg
Gatwick - Wolfgang A Mozart ( LGW - SZG )
4.0 /5
PA
Date 2017-08-28 City UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

Ab easy stress free journey

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Birmingham
Karachi
Birmingham Intl - Quaid-E-Azam Intl ( BHX - KHI )
4.0 /5
Saiyid
Date 2017-08-25 City Solihull Age 51-70 Class Economy

Good

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Amsterdam
London
Schiphol - Heathrow ( AMS - LHR )
5.0 /5
V
Date 2017-08-23 City London Age Under 30 Class Economy

Simple. Easy. No hassle. What more do I want?

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Palma de Mallorca
Manchester
Palma de Mallorca - Manchester International ( PMI - MAN )
4.0 /5
Mike
Date 2017-08-22 City Manchester Age Under 30 Class Economy

Would of been nice to be told there will be a fixed meal for free was sat there thinking everyone had bought it till they asked me

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Kingston
London
Norman Manley - Gatwick ( KIN - LGW )
3.0 /5
SuzyQ
Date 2017-08-21 City Jamaica Age 31-50 Class Economy

I realised companies are doing cost-cutting, however the breakfast was terrible, lack of choice. after the long flight, it would be good to have something worthwhile

3.0 /5
1 reviews
Oslo
London
Oslo Airport - Heathrow ( OSL - LHR )
3.0 /5
Fran
Date 2017-08-20 City Wales Age Under 30 Class Economy

The flight was an hour late to leave, it would have been nice to have some small token of compensation but there wasn't anything. As such it meant that I couldn't take the tube home and had to pay for an expensive taxi. I appreciate that it might not be the airlines fault totally but small things can make the difference. I purchased food and drink on the flight but no one collected the rubbish at all during the whole flight, I had to go hand it to the air host at the back. In general I'm used to a little more attentiveness to the customers. They were all very friendly and polite though but just lacking a little bit of going above and beyond to make sure everyone is happy.

3.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Dublin
London City - Dublin ( LCY - DUB )
5.0 /5
Jen
Date 2017-08-19 City Bedfordshire Age 51-70 Class Economy

Great experience

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Sofia
London
Sofia Intl - Heathrow ( SOF - LHR )
5.0 /5
Aly
Date 2017-08-18 City Lebanon Age 31-50 Class Economy

Its amazing

5.0 /5
1 reviews
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