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About British Airways
As the flag carrier of Britain, British Airways is the largest airline of the country in terms of international flights and destinations as well as fleet size. The hub of the airline is in London Heathrow airport and it operates with a fleet of 269 in-service aircrafts with a mix of Airbus and Boeing planes. British Airways was established in 1974 to oversee four domestic and international carriers of Britain but in 1974, all the subsidiaries were consolidated under British Airways. In 2011, British Airways merged with Iberia forming world’s third largest airline group – the International Airline Group (IAG). The cabins of British Airways are categorized as short haul, mid haul and long haul cabin based on the leg space, flight duration and luxury provided to passengers in each cabin type. The company slogan - “To Fly. To Serve” is supported by their online marketing slogan – “Upgrade to British Airways” encouraging customers to select premium flight option with BA in affordable prices.
British Airways have won numerous awards and honors over the past years. The airline still continues to deliver in a competitive market and competes for top position in many categories. Some of the top awards won by British Airways are –
· Best Transatlantic Airline (World Airline Awards; 2012)
· World’ Leading Airline Lounge – First Class (World Travel Awards; 2011)
· World’ Leading Airline (World Travel Awards; 2007, ’06, ’05, ’04, ’02)
· World’ Leading Airline Website (World Travel Awards; 2009 and 2007)
· World’ Leading Airline – First Class (World Travel Awards; 2005 and 2003)
· World’ Leading Airline – Business Class (World Travel Awards; 2002, 2001 and 2000)
In addition to world recognition, British Airways have won many accolades as Europe’s and Caribbean’s leading airline.
Routes and Destinations
British Airways is one of the few airlines that cover all six inhabited continents. The BA covers 144 international and 6 domestic destinations, connecting London to Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Australia and Europe. The airline also has code-share agreements with various international airlines like American Airlines, Iberia, Loganair, Finnair, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, JetBlue and Japan Airlines offering extended routes even beyond the network of British Airways.
How to Check-in
In addition to Check-in kiosks there are check-in counters of British Airways at Heathrow and Gatwick airport closes 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time of flight and at London city airport, check-in closes at 20 minutes prior. At the time of check-in, a printout of the itinerary confirming the flight details must be produced along with a valid photo ID proof. Passport and visa are also mandatory for international travel. British Airways offers the facility of web check-in and mobile check-in, which opens 24 hours prior to the scheduled flight time and is available up to 1 hour before flight. Online check-in is only applicable for 9 passengers or less booked under the same PNR.
Baggage Fees and Allowances
For Economy class travelers, free checked baggage limit is that of 1 baggage of 23 kg and for certain select locations as well as premium economy travelers it is 2 baggages of 23 kg each. For Business class and first class travelers it is 2 bags of up to 32 kg each. Excess baggage allowance varies as per the declaration of baggage online or at airport. Depending upon the nature of flight, domestic or international, and class type for travel the excess baggage allowance is calculated per piece within a range of $30 - $170. Hand baggage weight allowance is also calculated per piece weighing not more than 23 kg. Prohibited items include radioactive material, corrosives, aerosols, explosives, inflammable liquids or solids, sharp instruments, poisons or bio-hazard substances.
British Airways fleet comprises of both Boeing 747 and 777 planes, designed to offer segregated seating for 3 or 4 classes. Average seating capacity of Boeing 747 for 4 class flights is 345 seats and Boeing 777 aircrafts can carry 280 passengers for 3 or 4 class flights.
British Airways charges nominal convenience fees for online booking and booking changes. Flights with British Airways can be booked both from British Airways website and online portals. Booking flights from the airline counter doesn't entail any additional cost.
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