10 important moments for British Airways in its 100 years history

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This year, British Airways is celebrating 100 years since its first flight. The basic history of British Airways began on August 25, 1919, the date of the first flight operated on the route London - Paris.

But to be more precise, in 1919 there was the company Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T). This was the basis of the evolution of British Airways today.

10 important moments for British Airways


Below are the 10 important moments in the evolution and development of the British Airways company we know today.

  • August 25, 1919 - the date of the first flight operated on the route London - Paris. The flight was operated by Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T)
  • In 1924, the 4 British airlines - Instone, Handley Page, Daimler Airways (AT&T's successor) and British Air Marine Navigation Company Limited merged into Imperial Airways Limited.
  • In 1925, Imperial Airways Limited provided air services to Paris, Brussels, Basel, Cologne and Zurich. And several British airlines have begun operating flights to the UK and Europe.
  • In 1935, all British private airlines merged and thus was born British Airways Limited, the direct competitor for Imperial Airways Limited.
  • In 1939, Imperial Airways Limited and British Airways Limited were nationalized by the British government and merged into the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Also during that period, the government launched British European Airways (BEA) for European and domestic flights. BOAC had focused on long-haul international flights.
  • Between 1946 and 1960, BOAC and BEA were the main air operators in the United Kingdom, each with a well-defined operational target.
  • In the 1950s, the era of jet planes - led by BOAC - began. The duration of the flights was considerably reduced.

British Airways - 1974

  • In 1974, BOAC and BEA are united under the brand British Airways, the airline we know today.
  • In July 1979, the British government announced that it intends to sell British Airways shares. Thus, in 1987, the British Airways airline was privatized.
  • In 2011, the International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) was born, which consists of Iberia and British Airways. At the same time, under the IAG there are also the Aer Lingus and Vueling companies. And in 2017, IAG launched LEVEL, a low-cost for long-haul flights.
British Airways - BOAC NOTHING

As you can see, British Airways operates under this name from 1974, which is why we couldn't integrate it into TOP 5 the oldest airlines in the world. Our ranking includes airlines, which operate under the same name since its establishment until now.

We will come back with other interesting stories about British Airways history.

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