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10 Interesting facts about British Airways.

10 Interesting facts about British Airways.

1. BA first flight carried only one passenger and launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service between London and Paris.

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 On 25 August 1919 Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T), a forerunner company of British Airways, launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service, between London and Paris. That first flight, which took off from Hounslow Heath, close to today’s Heathrow Airport, carried a single passenger and cargo that included newspapers, Devonshire cream, jam and grouse.


2. British Airways is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 747-400.

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The Boeing 747-400 is a wide body, four-engine jet manufactured by Boeing, the American aerospace company. Its distinctive upper deck shape has earned it the nickname “Jumbo Jet”. BA is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 747. The 747-400 is a proven performer with high reliability and incorporates major aerodynamic improvements over earlier 747 models, including the addition of winglets to reduce drag, new avionics, and a new flight deck.

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3. International Airlines Group (IAG) announced a joint business agreement between British Airways and Qatar Airways.

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced a joint business agreement on October 30, 2016 between British Airways and Qatar Airways.

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The joint business will benefit customers by providing better links between the UK, continental Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa, with a greater choice of flights and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. The revenue-sharing agreement will allow the airlines to cooperate on scheduling and pricing, providing customers with more flexible options and an attractive range of fares.

Customers will be able to travel more easily on the airlines‘ combined route network. The joint business will see the two airlines code-sharing on all non-stop flights operated between the UK and Doha and connecting services to destinations in the UK, continental Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. This will include British Airways’ daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Doha.

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This agreement will also strengthen the oneworld alliance and enable it to compete more effectively on these routes.

4. British Airways and Air France operated the supersonic airliner Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde, and the world’s first supersonic passenger service flew in January 1976 from London Heathrow to Bahrain.

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The first supersonic passenger-carrying commercial airplane (or supersonic transport, SST), built jointly by aircraft manufacturers in Great Britain and France. The Concorde made its first transatlantic crossing on September 26, 1973, and it inaugurated the world’s first scheduled supersonic passenger service on January 21, 1976—BA initially flying the aircraft from London to Bahrain and Air France flying it from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. Both airlines added regular service to Washington, D.C., in May 1976 and to New York city in November 1977.

British Airways Concorde made just under 50,000 flights and flew more than 2.5m passengers supersonically. With a takeoff speed of 220 knots (250mph) and a cruising speed of 1350mph – more than twice the speed of sound – a typical London to New York crossing would take a little less than three and a half hours as opposed to about eight hours for a subsonic flight. In November 1986 a British Airways Concorde flew around the world, covering 28,238 miles in 29 hours, 59 minutes.

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5. British Airways has affected more than 1,000 flights when BA suffered a computer power failure. All flights were cancelled, and thousands of passengers were affected.

 The airline was hit by a worldwide computer system power failure, causing cancellations and delays for thousands of passengers.

More than 1,000 flights were affected. At Heathrow alone, BA had 406 flights scheduled to depart after 9am and a further 71 at Gatwick, according to flightstats.com.

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The chaos happened just after 11am on 27 May 2017 when the company’s unreliable new IT system crashed worldwide for the sixth time in a year.

6. The British Airways has its own engineering branch to maintain its aircraft fleet, this includes line maintenance at over 70 airports around the world.

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 British Airways Engineering has over 80 years of experience in providing maintenance, repair, and overhaul services to British Airways and other customers, operational expertise has fostered a can-do culture centered on finding solutions. BA have invested in state-of-the-art aircraft maintenance, avionic, interiors, and mechanical workshop facilities and has a worldwide reputation for engineering excellence. Technically good solutions are shared, and this saves our customers millions.

BA maintains an impressive range of aircraft in our extensive facilities. Based in the UK, BA team of 2000 highly skilled engineers working across 30 hangar bays can execute any requirements you have, from a rapid response casualty unit through to major maintenance and structural repairs. BA are focused on safety, delivery, reliability and value.

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7. British Airways purchased the internet domain ba.com in 2002 from previous owner Bell Atlantic, ‘BA’ being the company’s acronym and its IATA Airline code.

BA, one and the same as ba.com and is one of the simplest-to-remember websites in the business: ba.com.

That’s Bell Atlantic’s site – or at least it was before Martin Lock got involved. He was marketing and e-commerce director for Excel Airways, while heading UK e-commerce for British Airways, he realized it was crucial for the airline to own the web address ba.com.

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Lock spent a year wresting ba.com from its previous owners (the price remains a secret), then had to spend months persuading BA executives that simple was best, and that britishairways.com was too cumbersome. He has been vindicated by the airline’s emphasis on ba.com – but Lock now finds himself in competition with the site he created.

8. In 2013, British Airways became the first commercial airline in Europe to operate both the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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On July 4, 2013, British Airways debuted the future of its fleet by making a rare, if not unprecedented move. Two new airliners, the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 were introduced simultaneously at a special ceremony for media and dignitaries at London’s Heathrow Airport.  Not only are both aircraft being delivered and unveiled at the same time, but British Airways will be the first airline to operate and take delivery of both the A380 and 787 in a single fleet.

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9. British Airways powers its future by turning household rubbish into jet fuel.

British Airways has entered a partnership to design a series of waste plants that convert household waste into renewable jet fuel to power its fleet.

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The partnership, with Velocys, a renewable fuels company, is part of the airline’s plans to develop long-term, sustainable fuel options.

The first plant will take hundreds of thousands of tons of household waste per-year, destined for landfill or incineration, including nappies, plastic food containers and chocolate bar wrappers, and convert it into clean-burning, sustainable fuels. This will contribute to the airline’s commitment to reduce net emissions by 50 per cent by 2050.

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10. British Airways i360 The tallest moving observation tower in the world.

 The tower has been acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the world’s most slender tower, with a height-to-width ratio of more than 40-1.

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British Airways i360 is a 162-metre (531 ft) observation tower on the seafront of Brighton, East Sussex, England at the landward end of the former West Pier. The tower opened on 4 August 2016. From the fully enclosed viewing pod, visitors experience 360-degree views across Brighton, the South Downs, the English Channel and on the clearest days it is possible to see Beachy Head 17 miles (27 km) to the east and the Isle of Wight 49 miles (79 km) to the west.

According to the operator, the “i” in the title stands for “intelligence, innovation and integrity”.

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ANAC Halts Porto Alegre Flight Sales, Due to Severe Airport Flooding

ANAC Halts Porto Alegre Flight Sales, Due to Severe Airport Flooding

In response to severe flooding that has rendered Salgado Filho Airport in Porto Alegre inoperable, the Brazilian Civil Aviation Regulator, the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), has enacted a temporary prohibition on the sale of airline tickets to and from the airport.

This measure applies across all sales channels, including travel agencies, and will remain in effect until ANAC reevaluates the situation.

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The closure of the airport, located in the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, has had significant repercussions, affecting more than 490,000 passengers. The terminal remains indefinitely closed due to the flooding, with the runway still submerged under water.

In light of these circumstances, airlines are offering flexibility to affected customers. Passengers can reschedule their flights to Porto Alegre within a year of the original scheduled date without incurring additional fees. Alternatively, they can opt for a refund, either in cash or credit.

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To accommodate displaced travelers, airlines have increased the number of flights to nearby airports in the southern region of Brazil. This increase aims to prioritize passengers who already have issued tickets.

According to ANAC’s directives, airlines must identify and prioritize contact with passengers who have a pending return journey, whether traveling to or from Rio Grande do Sul, to facilitate their reaccommodations preferentially.

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Man Falls From Airplane Door In Indonesia After Staff Pull Back Stairs

Man Falls From Airplane Door In Indonesia After Staff Pull Back Stairs

An airline worker in Indonesia narrowly escaped serious injury in a harrowing incident at Jakarta Airport.

The episode unfolded when colleagues inadvertently removed the airstairs from a TransNusa Airbus A320 just as the worker stepped off the plane, causing him to plummet to the tarmac below.

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Reports detail the heart-stopping moment when the worker, engaged in conversation inside the aircraft, exited the door only to find himself stepping into thin air. Caught off guard by the sudden absence of the stepladder, he fell to the ground as his colleagues looked on in shock.

Fortunately, the quick response of those nearby ensured the worker received immediate medical attention, with reports indicating his condition is now stable and he has avoided serious injury. A viral video of the incident, shared by CEO of Avialaz Consultants Sanjay Lazar, has sparked widespread concern on social media platforms, drawing attention to the dangers faced by aviation personnel in high-pressure environments.

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In the footage, two crew members can be seen detaching the stepladder, unaware of the worker’s imminent departure from the aircraft. Moments later, the worker steps out, only to be met with empty space and a sudden descent to the ground. The chaotic scene unfolds as papers scatter in the air and bystanders rush to aid the fallen worker.

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Italian Airports Explore Passport-Free Travel with FaceBoarding Technology

Italian Airports Explore Passport-Free Travel with FaceBoarding Technology
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In a groundbreaking move toward seamless travel experiences, two Italian airports, Milan Linate and Catania, are leading the way with innovative “FaceBoarding” technology at their security checkpoints.

This cutting-edge facial recognition system enables passengers to breeze through the airport without the hassle of presenting their passport or boarding pass.

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Here’s how it works: passengers over 18 simply need to check-in and then proceed to the FaceBoarding desks, where they scan their passport or electronic ID card and undergo a facial scan for verification.

Once registered, travelers can enjoy expedited processes at security screening and boarding gates, with dedicated lanes ensuring priority for FaceBoarding users. Initially available for ITA Airways and Scandinavian Airlines passengers, the trial phase of this technology promises a glimpse into the future of air travel.

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While other airlines still require traditional document checks, those participating in the trial can enjoy the convenience of passport-free boarding. But the innovation doesn’t stop there. Soon, with the FaceBoarding app launching in June, registered users can streamline their future journeys by attaching boarding passes directly to their scanned identity documents. This seamless integration aims to enhance passenger convenience and airport efficiency.

Moreover, frequent flyers have the option to register for FaceBoarding for one or all of their flights during the trial period, which extends until December 31, 2025. This initiative optimizes the airport experience by minimizing the need for document checks while maintaining stringent security measures.

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Meanwhile, on a broader scale, the European Union is gearing up to introduce another form of biometric technology. The Entry/Exit System (EES) will automate the registration process for non-EU travelers, including those from the UK, streamlining entry procedures across EU airports.

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