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retro BOAC livery, to the delight of the travelling public.
BOAC merges with
European Airways (BEA) and today’s flag carrier takes to the skies.
1976goes Commercial aviation
supersonic with the debut of Concorde. It flies at 60,000ft, and passengers can see the curvature of the Earth as they cruise the skies at 1,350mph and twice the speed of sound.
1985most BA reveals one of its
iconic uniforms a more welcoming look designed by Frenchman Roland Klein.
It’s the first time a uniform has been created for all staff, not just cabin crew. They are replaced in 1993 with a Paul Costelloe design.
The current look dates from 2003 and is by former Chanel designer Julien Macdonald. A new design from Ozwald Boateng to mark the centenary will be unveiled later this year.
The first commercial Boeing 777 is operated. The twin-engine long-haul jet is the first to be entirely designed by computer.
A BA Concorde
the Red Arrows in a special fly-past at Heathrow to mark the 50th anniversary of the airport. Some 80.1million passengers travelled through Heathrow last year, its busiest on record. Of those, 32.8million used the T5 terminal, home of BA. 1999 The new oneworld airline alliance is formed by BA, American Airlines, Canadian Airlines, Qantas and Cathay Pacific. Today there are 15 members and 30 affiliated carriers.
Following the Paris
the final BA Concorde service operates from JFK to Heathrow on October 24, and commercial supersonic aviation comes to an end.
BA starts operations
Terminal 5. Today there are up to 600 weekday flights serving 115 destinations, with around 90,000 passengers.
2012London BA sponsors the
Olympics. On May 18 the Olympic Flame is
flown from Athens to the Royal Naval Air
Station at Culdrose on special flight BA2012, operated by an Airbus A319 officially called Firefly.
BA passengers have raised £20million for Flying Start, the charity partnership with Comic Relief, over the last eight years. Half of all funds stay in the UK. 2019year The centenary
arrives and the carrier announces it will invest £6.5billion over the next five years on new planes, cabins, routes, on-board products, technology and lounges. The BA2119: Flight of the Future
programme is exploring the next 100 years in aviation, including the recent exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London, research into passenger experience, and sustainable fuels.
Products include a travelsized Marmite, Speedbird 100 beer, a special cask of whisky and 500 Bremont watches made with metal from Concorde.
BOAC takes over Imperial and British Airways Ltd Future queen at London Airport – now Heathrow Flight goes supersonic with the launch of the Concorde
VINTAGE BOAC posters
2012 Firefly flies over Buck House for the Olympics