British Airways – The best that Britain has to offer
Yearning to re-unite with your family and friends after a long time apart, sitting in front of the screen and looking into nothingness? Look no further as British Airways has got you covered. British Airways has been the pioneer in terms of setting a benchmark of impeccable hospitality and luxurious in-flight experience. British Airways is the second largest UK based carrier, which is based upon passengers carried and its fleet size. In addition to that British Airways is also its flag carrier airline .
International Airlines Group(IAG) , a holding company registered in Madrid, Spain was formed by British Airways with its merger with Iberia, in January 2011.Soon IAG became world’s third largest airline group, and second-largest in Europe regarding annual revenue . IAG comes under the category of holding companies that are listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the FTSE 100 Index. British Airways(BA) was established by British Government , in the year 1974 with its primary function to manage to nationalise airline corporations, British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways, along with two regional airlines, Northeast Airlines and Cambrian Airways. All these four companies were merged together on 31 March 1974 to form British Airways. In February , the Conservative Government, as part of their broader privatisation plan , privatised British Airways taking the acquisition of British Caledonian in 1987, Dan Air in 1992 , and British Midland International in 2012, respectively. Being the founding member of One world airline alliance with Qantas, American Airlines , Cathay Pacific and the now defunct Canadian Airlines, the alliance has grown leaps and bounds to become the third largest alliance with Star Alliance and Sky Team coming at first and second respectively.
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|Founded||31 March 1974|
|Headquartered||London, England, UK|
|Chief People||Sean Doyle Steven William Lawrence Gunning|
|Subsidiaries||British Airways City Flyer|
|Frequent Flyer Program||Executive Club/Avios|
Popular Domestic Destinations
|Belfast||George Best Belfast City Airport (BFS)|
|Aberdeen||Aberdeen Airport (ABZ)|
|Glasgow||Glasgow Airport (GLA)|
|Leeds||Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA)|
|Inverness||Inverness Airport (INV)|
|London||London City Airport (LCY)|
|Newcastle||Newcastle Airport (NCL)|
|Edinburgh||Edinburgh Airport (EDI)|
|Manchester||Manchester Airport (MAN)|
Popular International Destinations
|Costa Rica||San José|
|Dominican Republic||Punta Cana|
|Hong Kong SAR||Hong Kong|
British Airways Policies & Information
As per the baggage policy , the maximum baggage size should be 126 cm (including W + H+ D). If your luggage is heavier, more extensive, it will be considered excess baggage & you have to pay further charges accordingly. The dimension of the personal item cannot exceed 40*30*15 cm and the add on item the dimension cannot exceed 56*45*25cm . The maximum weight is mentioned 23 kg that is allowed in the flight.
The dimension outside of which the airlines don’t allow is 90*75*43cm and the maximum weight limit for checked on baggage is 32 kg. It is always wise to check the dimensions and weight of the baggage before starting your trip. However if in special circumstance you have exceeded the quantity or the weight limit, extra charges may apply. British Airways adheres to laid down terms and conditions to make it convenient for everyone on board. Prices are charged as per one way and varies from UK pounds, US Canadian Dollars and Euros depending upon your travel itinerary. If the leaving country uses different local currency other than the ones mentioned, UK pounds will be converted into that particular local currency. Some airports including but not limited to London Heathrow, Gatwick and North America only accept credit or debit card for payments. Prices may vary due to seasonal increases. Therefore, it is advised to check the official British Airways website and calculate the prices.For more info on Baggage Allowance contact British Airways Customer Services.
British Airways issues exclusive Loyalty Programme called the Executive Club. The programme was developed to provide world class experience to its members by including special lounges and ‘fast’ queues for less time consumption. There are tiers to the Executive Club Members as well. First class Passengers and Gold Executive Club Members are entitled to First Class Lounges with next gen amenities. Similarly, Business lounges are available to Business class (Club World or Club Europe) and to Silver Executive Members. A third-party premium lounge is often provided to Premium passengers at the airports which do not have British Airways built lounges.
Know about Travel classes
British Airways assures great experience by catering everyone’s needs classifying into different classes. The four major factions are Economy, Premium Economy, Business and first. Economy is further divided into Euro Traveller and World Traveller. Premium Economy has one further class named World Traveller Plus. Business class has three branch clubs which are called Club Europe, Club World and lastly Club World London City.
Safety Precautions amid (COVID-19)
British Airways was declared one of the first airlines in the world(Lufthansa Airlines being the other one) to be given a 4 star COVID -19 safety rating by Skytrax.
With COVID-19 engulfing the entire planet it is important, now more than ever to follow the guidelines to ensure your safety and fellow travelers alike. Some points to keep in mind while travelling are;
Keeping an alert on your device on the countries with travel restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This also includes potential quarantines upon arrival in the destination country with their particular rules.
The notification from the airlines should always be on during travelling as British Airways continually keeps notifying its passengers with government restrictions, British Airways Cancellations or potential quarantines.
|Before Your Flight||At the airport||Boarding onboard||Deboarding & upon arrival|
|Follow the Entry Requirement. Check-in via your mobile app. Plan your trip only in healthy state(self-medical test gives the result almost instataneously) Cover your face at all times .||Wear PPE kit if asked by the Airport team. Use hand sanitizers. Perform mobile/British Airways mobile check-in. Check your baggage with a contactless self-service kiosk, now compulsory everywhere.About hand baggage: due to the current situation, many authorities & airports have restricted it. Secure additional time for the modified airport security and screening processes.||Contactless boarding by groups. Disinfectant wipes available. Rigorous Cabin cleaning. Masks/ PPE kits Air filters which clean upto 99% virus in the in-flight air Simplified onboard services||Maintaining appropriate social distance.Keep updated about the current entry requirements & regulation for your destination/departure destination.|
Tips and tricks to allow better air fare
- Shortlisting flight options
While you are looking for cheap flights, remember to look for travel search engines such as Kayak and lesser known sites such as JetRadar and Wego . Also compare the fares with the prices offered on airlines’ official sites for exclusive offers.
- Pay with credit card
Use your Debit Cards and cash for other payments, always use credit card to pay for everything regarding flight fares to earn air miles and better flight deals for future.
- Signing bonus
Planned spending using credit card accelerate your earning miles along with signing bonuses. Just remember that not every credit card provides these bonuses, so be careful while making your payment. Using several credit cards for the same accelerates the earning even further.
- Redeeming air miles
Always be on the lookout for airline alliance members here, its Avios. Here in this case its One world. A quick google search before booking British Airways Reservations tickets and learning about recent mergers and airline alliance saves a lot of money and unnecessary expenditure.
- Official Website deals
British Airways regularly comes with exclusive deals and really cheap flight deals on their website. The prices and availability are updated every 24 hours and sometimes seat availability is extremely limited at the prices mentioned crediting to the fact that many people like prefer these hands-on deals and subscribe to them.
British Airways assistance
In order to make their customers feel relaxed and secure from the moment they book a flight to the moment they deboard and beyond, British Airways has an impeccable assistance system. Any query or complaint can be forwarded to the Support team via different methods. By clicking the ‘Help’ icon on the official British Airways website, the potential customer is exposed to a plethora of options. From intelligently designed FAQs to assistance regarding booking, boring and cancellation of flights, every minute detail is mentioned . Further more if you are still not satisfied and wants further help with anything, 24*7 help is provided. Every solution is just a click away.
What Do Our Customers Say About Their Journey with British Airways
I am extremely pleased with British Airways as they refunded my tickets Munich-London City-Munich within 2 working days in a friendly and professional manner: the difference between British Airways and Lufthansa is like between night and day. Friendly, professional and prompt are 3 adjectives to describe British Airways, while Lufthansa is best summed up as arrogant, impossible to contact and ignorant. Well Done and Best Wishes to all at British Airways.
L Roberts 22 October 2020
|Official Website||British Airways|
|Customer service||1860 180 3592|
|Best time to Call||9:00-18:00|
|Alternative Methods||Email, Web, Phone, Mobile App|