With a long and distinguished history, British Airways has been flying passengers around the globe for over 90 years. Tracing its origins as far back as the birth of civil aviation, British Airways gave the world its first scheduled air service on 25 August 1919 and hasn’t looked back since.
With a fascinating online heritage collection, customers can explore British Airways’ history from the evolution of its aircraft and routes to the transformation of staff uniforms over the decades.
Today British Airways is the UK's largest international scheduled airline, flying to over 170 destinations across the globe; flying millions of passengers every year to over 80 different countries.
The following information is correct as of July 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.
How to Check In
Online, mobile and airport check-in are all available with British Airways flights. Easy to use British Airways kiosks that allow passengers to print boarding pass are available for those preferring to check-in on arrival at the airport. They can be used to check–in up to 24 hours before departure, while the British Airways dedicated, staffed check-in desks offer a the option to check-in face to face. The British Airways app ba2go.com lets customers check-in using their Smartphones from up to 24 hours before departure. Boarding passes can be collected from the airport check-in desk or kiosk, emailed for printing later or simply downloaded to their phones. Online check-in via the ‘Manage My Booking’ section on the British Airways website allows passengers to check-in up to 24 hours prior to UK flights and 23 before flights to the US. Bags can be checked-in online or at the airport free of charge but if using the online method, additional time should be allowed for at the airport to take bags to the ‘Bag Drop’ area.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
British Airways has a generous baggage policy offering passengers one piece of cabin luggage plus a laptop bag or handbag. The main piece of cabin luggage should not exceed 65cm x 45cm x 25cm while the additional personal item must be no larger than 45cm x 36cm x 20cm. The maximum weight per bag is 23kg. Check baggage allowances vary depending on the type of ticket and the destination. However, all flights entitle passengers to a minimum one free check-in bag weighing up to 23kg. For World Traveler, Euro Traveler, UK Domestic full-fare Economy and Premium Economy flights the limit is 2 bags free weighing 23kg. For Club Europe Business travellers, the entitlement is 2 bags free weighing p to 32kg while First Club World Business passengers are allowed a maximum of 3 bags free weighing 32 kg. Any bag larger than 90cm x 75cm x 43cm will be classed as oversized baggage, causing excess baggage charges to be imposed.
Seating can be reserved free of charge by all passengers via the British Airways website either at the time of booking or at a later date via the ‘Manage My Booking’ section of the site. Be warned that choice will be limited closer to the departure date. Occasionally a charge is incurred depending on the type of seat and booking made. This will be shown at the time of reservation.
British Airways have no hidden costs of fees. All advertised prices are inclusive of taxes, fees and charges, meaning what you see is what you get.
Service on Board
British Airways always offers complimentary food and drink on board, ranging from hot meals and light snacks to a glass of wine or fruit juice. This service is regardless of which cabin passengers are in or what time of day they fly. If flying Premium Economy or higher, passengers will receive a three course menus for breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on the time of their flight. The Business class menus have been designed by leading chefs using the freshest seasonal ingredients accompanied by a fantastic selection of wines. While First Class makes use of the finest china and Waterford crystal, all passengers can benefit from the ability to request ‘special’ meals from the wide range of special meal options that cater for food sensitivities. In-flight entertainment is offered on long-haul flights only with an excellent choice of movies, TV programmes, radio, music, games and much more, including a dedicated channel for kids. The complimentary in-flight magazine is the one of the best in the business.
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