10 important moments for British Airways in its 100 years history
This year, British Airways is celebrating 100 years since its first flight. British Airways basic history debuted on 25 August 1919, the date of the first flight operated on the London - Paris route.
But to be more accurate, in 1919 there is Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T). This has been the basis of today's evolution of British Airways.
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.
- 25 August 1919 - the date of the first flight operated on the London - Paris route. The flight was operated by Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T)
- In 1924, the 4 British airlines - Instone, Handley Page, Daimler Airways (successor to AT&T) 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 started operating flights to the UK and Europe.
- In 1935, all British private airlines merged and so British Airways Limited, the direct competitor to Imperial Airways Limited, was born.
- In 1939, Imperial Airways Limited and British Airways Limited were nationalized by the British Government and merged into British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). Also at that time, the government launched British European Airways (BEA) for European and national flights. BOAC had focused on long-haul international flights.
- During 1946 - 1960, BOAC and BEA were the main airline operators in the United Kingdom, each with a well-defined operational target.
- In the 1950 years, the era of BOAC-led jet aircraft began. The duration of the flights has been considerably reduced.
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- 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.
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.