British Airways Logo – British Airways plc ( BA ) is the carrier of flag of the UK based in Waterside , near its main base of operations located in London Heathrow airport . British Airways has a second home base in London Gatwick Airport and the third main point of operations is served through its subsidiary, BA CityFlyer , located in the City Airport in London . British Airways is the largest airline based in the UK in terms of fleet size, international flights and international destinations are concerned. BA British passengers whose airport reference is to connect London with flights via London after British Airways transatlantic flights deleted all British airports, except for London after the sale of BA Connect regional airline to British Flybe in 2007.
The board of British Airways was established in 1971 to manage the operations of the two airlines nationalized, BOAC and BEA , and two smaller regional airlines, Cambrian Airways in Cardiff and Northeast Airlines of Newcastle upon Tyne . On March 31, 1974 the four companies were dissolved to form British Airways (BA). After more than thirteen years as a nationalized company, British Airways was privatized in February 1987 as part of the privatization plan launched by the Conservative government of the time. The airline quickly expanded its borders with the acquisition of British Caledonian (BCAL) in 1987 and the Gatwick-based carrier Dan-Air in 1992.
Despite having long been a major customer of Boeing, British Airways made a large order of Airbus aircraft in August 1998 with the acquisition of 59 family aircraft Airbus A320 . In 2007, the company made another large order, which marked the beginning of the replacement of its fleet of long-range , consisting of twelve Airbus A380s and twenty-four Boeing 787s . The centerpiece of the long-haul fleet is the Boeing 747-400 , with 57 individuals in service, British Airways is the largest operator of its kind in the world.
British Airways is a founding member of the airline alliance, one world , along with American Airlines , Cathay Pacific , Qantas , Iberia LAE and the now defunct Canadian Airlines . The airline has grown since then to become the third largest airline alliance after SkyTeam and Star Alliance . Before its merger with Iberia , creating International Airlines Group , BA listed on the London stock market and was one of the values in the stock index FTSE 100 .
On November 12, 2009, British Airways confirmed that it had reached a preliminary agreement with Iberia . The merger between the two airlines has created the third largest airline in the world in terms of annual revenue and the second largest group in Europe. The merger was confirmed on April 8, 2010, and completion expected by the end of that year. On July 14, 2010, the European Commission granted permission for the two airlines merge. It also agreed to allow American Airlines to cooperate with the merged entity on routes transatlantic to the USA . British Airways Iberia finally merged with the January 21, 2011, formally creating International Airlines Group , IAG.