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London - Nice
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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

3.5 /5
total reviews based on: 722
London
Valencia
Gatwick - Valencia ( LGW - VLC )
4.0 /5
Lois
Date 2017-02-13 City Wealdstone Age 51-70 Class Economy

Roomy seats,lovely staff,a complimentary drink and snack would be nice as if you travel with just cash you can.t buy one

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Chambery
London City - Chambery Aix-Les-Bains ( LCY - CMF )
5.0 /5
Dick
Date 2017-02-13 City Norfolk Age 51-70 Class Economy

Normally fly Ryanair out of Stansted, BA out of LCY is a much nicer service, but you pay for it.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Malaga
London
Málaga - Gatwick ( AGP - LGW )
2.0 /5
Fabiolo
Date 2017-02-09 Age 31-50 Class Economy

BA is becoming more and more a general cheap airline without it being cheap. How is it to be differentiated?

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Alicante
London
Alicante - Gatwick ( ALC - LGW )
2.0 /5
Evan
Date 2017-02-08 City Greece Age 31-50 Class Economy

This rating is for Monarch, the BA flight was fine.

3.0 /5
2 reviews
London
Faro
Gatwick - Faro ( LGW - FAO )
2.0 /5
broadstairs traveller
Date 2017-02-08 City UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

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.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Amsterdam
London
Schiphol - Gatwick ( AMS - LGW )
2.0 /5
OJ
Date 2017-02-07 Class Economy

BA no longer has food and drink service and delayed on for both parts of the return journey.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Lagos
Heathrow - Murtala Muhammed ( LHR - LOS )
4.0 /5
Olaitan
Date 2017-02-06 City Surrey, UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

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.

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Rome
Gatwick - Fiumicino ( LGW - FCO )
4.0 /5
Rosie
Date 2017-02-05 City London Age Under 30 Class Economy

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.

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Glasgow
London
Glasgow Scotland - Heathrow ( GLA - LHR )
4.0 /5
Gaz
Date 2017-02-03 City Glasgow Age 51-70 Class Economy

No delays - no problems.

4.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Athens
Heathrow - E. Venizelos ( LHR - ATH )
1.0 /5
Maria
Date 2017-02-01 City UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

I am not sure of what has happened to BA people but they seemed to be tired and bored of what they were doing.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Vienna
London
Schwechat - Heathrow ( VIE - LHR )
2.0 /5
anonymus
Date 2017-01-31 Class Economy

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.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Glasgow
London
Glasgow Scotland - Gatwick ( GLA - LGW )
5.0 /5
None
Date 2017-01-29 Class Economy

Hassle free for early morning flight

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Salzburg
London
Wolfgang A Mozart - Gatwick ( SZG - LGW )
5.0 /5
Timbo
Date 2017-01-26 City Hertfordshire Age 51-70 Class Economy

BA have now changed to charging for snacks and drinks on short flights

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Seville
London
Sevilla - Gatwick ( SVQ - LGW )
5.0 /5
EB
Date 2017-01-22 Class Economy

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.

5.0 /5
1 reviews
London
Istanbul
Heathrow - Istanbul Atatürk International Havalimani ( LHR - IST )
2.0 /5
Agyad tamer
Date 2017-01-22 City Syria Age Under 30 Class Economy

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.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
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