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British Airways, also often referred to as BA, is considered to be the largest airline in the United Kingdom based purely on the size of its fleet and the number of international flights and destinations that it caters to. In Nigeria, the airline is a leading player in the business and first class market segment, generating the same amount of revenue in one flight that Ethiopian Airlines makes in two flights to Nigeria.
Founded on 31 March 1974 BA currently operates from two main hubs; London Heathrow Airport and Gatwick, with regular flights to and from Lagos, Kano and Abuja. With a fleet size of 294 aircraft flying to 188 destinations, British Airways is the UK’s flag carrier.
A brief overview of British Airways’ history
In 1972 a British Airways Board was formed to effectively handle the operations of the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways (BEA) as well as two regional airlines, Cambrian Airways and Northeast Airlines. In 1974 an amalgamation of the four airlines formed the state company British Airways. After 31 years of operation the airline was privatised and later acquired British Caledonian (1987), Dan-Air (1992) and British Midland International (2012). Sir John King was appointed chairman of a struggling British Airways in 1981, and is said to have been the driving force behind the airline becoming one of the most profitable in the world.
British Airways has a rich history of headlines, mergers, acquisitions and legal action in its wake. As the official airline partner of the London 2012 Olympic Games, BA flew the Olympic flame from Athens International Airport to RNAS Culdrose, gaining considerable international credibility for the airline.
British Airways’ fleet:
As of July 2015, with 75 airbus and Boeing aircraft currently on order British Airways has the following aircraft as part of its fleet:
- Airbus A318-100 (2)
- Airbus A319-100 (44)
- Airbus A320-200 (63)
- Airbus A321-200 (18)
- Airbus A380-800 (9)
- Boeing 737-400 (18)
- Boeing 747-400 (53)
- Boeing 767-300ER (21)
- Boeing 777-200 (3)
- Boeing 777-200ER (43)
- Boeing 777-300ER (12)
- Boeing 787-8 (8)
British Airways Baggage Allowance and Limitations
British Airways offers varying generous baggage allowances according to the flight you have booked, the destination you are travelling to and the fare you have paid.
Passengers are allowed one free piece of baggage (90cm x 75cm x 43cm) with a maximum weight of 23kg. Oversized baggage will incur an additional charge. Hand baggage is standard with 1 x cabin bag: 56cm x 45cm x 25cm including handles, pockets and wheels and 1 x personal bag 45cm x 36cm x 20cm.
The BA website “baggage essentials” section clearly set outs all allowances and limitations.
Flight Routes of British Airways:
British Airways currently flies to over 188 destinations, 6 of which are domestic. The airline is one of a handful in the world that currently operates within all 6 permanently inhabited continents.
Check-in Options and Procedures
- Airport Check-in at the self-service kiosks or the check-in desk, with passenger booking reference and identification.
- Mobile Check-in 24 hours before departure. The required boarding pass can be downloaded and stored on a mobile device.
- Online Check-in 24 hours prior to departure via the BA website. Passengers can print or download their boarding pass.
The in-flight experience
British Airways’ in-flight entertainment is impressive. A variety of the latest movies, series and shows, are available on quality screens with crisp, clear audio. The Skyflyers Kid’s Zone ensures children are ready for their entertainment before take off. Other in-flight entertainment includes the British Airways magazine, High Life and the Business Life publication. There’s also an on-board High Life shop with various in-flight goods for sale.
Online seating options are available free or at a cost, determined by the type of ticket purchased, but legroom is generous on all flights. Complimentary meals and refreshments are served on-board with certain flights offering a broader range of meals and special meal requirements, which can be ordered online 24 hours prior to departure.
Partnerships/Code Share Agreements
British Airways has many partnerships and code share agreements in place. They currently partner with American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Open Skies. In order to offer a global network of flights and destinations, BA is also a member of oneworld. BA CityFlyer and Open Skies are known subsidiaries of British Airways too.
British Airways in the news
Making international headlines in late July 2015, British Airways had to divert a London bound flight from Las Vegas to Montreal as a result of a bomb threat. Carrying 300 passengers the flight was safely diverted and passengers were put up in hotel rooms until further arrangements could be made. The details of the bomb threat have not been made public for security reasons and it is said that the Captain made an executive decision to divert the plane as a precaution. The airline also launched a new luxury in-flight magazine in 2015.
Contacting British Airways in Nigeria
BA Nigeria can be contacted as per the below contact details:
- Address: The Waterfront Plot 5 Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos
- Tel: +234 (1) 461 5870/ +234 (1) 279 2690
- Group Bookings: Telephone: +234 1 279 2112/ +234 1 774 5452. Fax: +234 1 280 5464. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Delayed Luggage: Lagos: +234 (1) 883 2270/ +234 (1) 874 5447. Abuja: +234 (9) 810 0022.
- Customer Care / Baggage Claims: Fax: +44 (0) 17 8733 3195
- British Airway Nigeria Website: www.britishairways.com/travel/home/public/en_ng – NOT www.britishairways.com.ng or www.ba.com.ng.
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British Airways Resources
British Airways offices in Nigeria: You can view the contact details for the British Airways office in Lagos above.
British Airways Nigeria Bookings: You can compare flight prices and book your next BA flights from Nigeria using the above flight booking form, 24/7, 365.
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