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British Airways is a premier UK airline with more than 90 years in the business, building a respected reputation for being a hugely successful airline. With planes flying to a huge number of destinations worldwide, BA flights depart from all major London airports; Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.

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Based on its fleet size, international flights and international destinations, British Airways is the largest airline within the UK, and the second largest based on passengers alone. With the airline’s main hub situated at London Heathrow, BA own 40% of the flight slots available and operate primarily from the world famous Terminal 5. However, the presence of the airline at other airports, such as Gatwick has increased significantly in recent years, due to the airport’s increased popularity. With a distinctive look, showcasing the Union Flag; British Airways is a true icon in the sky.

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Flying to a number of worldwide destinations, transatlantic routes with British Airways are a particular favourite amongst passengers. With numerous flights to New York and Washington, amongst several others, BA offers a selection of extras to keep its customers happy and comfortable during their journeys. These include an airport lounge service, air miles and free on board meals; making BA an excellent choice when travelling across the pond.


Onboard Services

The on-board service available at British Airways differ depending on the aircraft, cabin and duration of flight. Most BA flights offer on-board movies, TV shows and radio stations to their passengers. For family holidays it’s worth noting that children are catered to specifically with an activity pack, to ensure their journey, and yours, is as enjoyable as possible.

British Airways offer four travel classes to their customers; first class, business class, economy and premium. Each of these classes have different names and facilities depending on the route being travelled, for example; Club Europe is a specific European business class service, flying to cities across Europe.

First Class

Flying first class opens up an exceptional array of luxuries, alongside impeccable services and the most elegant of surroundings. Providing you with your own private suite; complete with a 6ft 6in bed, mattress and duvet, delicious culinary delights, access to luxurious lounges and spa treatments, and an exclusive service from your very own concierge.

Alongside this, seats in first class are 60% wider, and each passenger is given their own window, which include electronic blinds to open and close at your discretion. Passengers are also provided with a wardrobe where they can store their coats, a range of well-being products and a distinctive lighting system, designed to create the perfect light throughout your journey, making you feel at home no matter what you’re doing.

As you can see British Airways knows exactly how to offer a sky bound land of luxury.

Business Class

When you fly business class with British Airways there isn’t just one choice. Depending on where you’re heading in the world, and how long your flight takes, you’ll get a different form of business travel that caters to the intended destination.

Club Europe is the amazing business class service that flies to various cities within Europe. Take advantage of the luxury business pleasure with access to the most comfortable private lounges, containing extra space to work and relax in, and complimentary food and drinks. Club Europe also provides a larger baggage allowance than the Euro Traveller, alongside priority boarding and dedicated check in desks.

If you’re travelling across the globe, the Club World business service will make your journey unique, comfortable, relaxing and all together unforgettable. Take advantage of your spacious suite as you relax or work; your seat converts into a full bed if you get tired. There are also a variety of delicious foods served with flexible dining options, access to private lounges and luxury spas, and a dedicated check in desk and priority boarding.

Finally, there’s the exclusive Club World London City, which flies passengers from London City Airport directly to New York JFK. Alongside pre-clearance of US immigration on certain flights and a dedicated support team, passengers are provided with spacious seats that convert into 6ft fully flat beds, on board mobile data connectivity, a personal iPad featuring the latest films and TV programmes, a luxury amenity kit and power sockets for UK, US and EU devices.

Flying business class with British Airways is a unique luxury experience, that’s different wherever you fly in the world.

Premium Economy

Also known as World Traveller Plus, you can experience a relaxing and comfortable journey on those longer destination flights. Enjoy the small and intimate cabins, complete with attentive service, wider seats and more legroom. Alongside this, passengers will also be treated to beautifully crafted meals, a full bar service, a personal entertainment system and a larger free baggage allowance.


Those on a UK flight will experience UK Destic, which comes with a generous free baggage allowance, free drinks and snacks on every flight and generous legroom. Alongside this you also get; great value fare with no hidden charges, lounge access and priority boarding on fully flexible tickets.

Euro Traveller is the economy class for European flights, which are great all-inclusive fares with no hidden charges. These come with a generous free baggage allowance, complimentary drinks, snacks and newspaper, family-friendly features and children’s activity packs.

For those travelling further afield, then you’ll experience the World Traveller economy class. This comes with beautifully made meals, a generous free baggage allowance, a full bar service, personal entertainment system and family friendly features, including children’s activity packs.

Baggage allowance

It’s always important to know how much baggage you can take with you on vacation. British Airways always include a free baggage allowance, which differs according to which class of travel and ticket type you’ve chosen, and where you’re flying to.

Aside from this, additional baggage can be brought with, but passengers will be charged for additional baggage. Extra baggage allowance can be bought online, which does come at a discounted price compared to buying it on the day of travel.

Hand baggage

When travelling abroad there’s always a few things you like to keep to hand on the plane. Luckily for passengers, British Airways offer one of the most generous free hand baggage allowances of any airline. Adults, children and infants alike are all allowed one cabin bag with dimensions of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, and adults and children are allowed a laptop sized bag, handbag or briefcase fitting the measurements of 45cm x 36cm x 20cm. There is a 23kg weight limit on hand luggage.

Hold baggage

Baggage kept within the hold is dependent on the journey and flight class in which you sit. Bags can be up to 90cm x 75cm x 43cm in size, and larger items up to 190cm x 75cm x 65cm can be carried for an additional charge.

In terms of weight those flying in an economy class (UK Domestic, Euro Traveller, and World Traveller), can take one or two bags weighing up to 23kg each, unless you’re flying to and from Brazil, where the weight limit is 32kg each. Children are allowed the same allowance as adults, with infants allowed one standard size bag, alongside both a fully collapsible pushchair and car seat. Premium Economy allowances are the same.

For those flying on any business class or in first class, the allowances are two 32kg bags for adults in Club Europe and three 32kg bags on all other flight options. Children are allowed the same as adults, with infants allowed a standard size bag, alongside both a collapsible pushchair and a car seat.

For frequent flyers there are additional allowances available. Executive Club Gold and Oneworld Emerald members can claim an additional checked bag in any class of travel up to 32kg. Whereas Oneworld Sapphire and Executive Club Silver members can bring two extra 32kg bags on any World Traveller, Euro Traveller and Domestic cabin.

Musical instruments

Musical instruments can be brought on board as part of your free hand luggage, as long as they fit within the criteria of the bag dimensions. Larger instruments can be put in the hold as part of your checked baggage, or as part of additional purchased baggage. British Airways will even carry instruments that exceed the standard checked baggage limits up to 45kg in weight and dimensions of 190cm x 75cm x 65cm; providing there is at least 24 hours’ notice. Items over 23kg may incur a heavy bag charge. An additional seat on the plane may also be purchased for your instrument, depending on their availability. This will have to be discussed over the phone.

Sporting equipment

A wide variety of sporting items may be carried as part of your free checked baggage, or as additional purchased baggage if required. Items over 23kg may incur a heavy bag charge. Sporting equipment will only be accepted if it is packaged correctly to prevent damage. However, certain sporting equipment is restricted for security and safety reasons, including:

Hang gliders
windsurfing boards and sails
water skis (over 190 x 75 x 65cm)
surfboards (over 190 x 75 x 65cm)
kayaks and canoes
pole vaults

British Airways also offer a ‘door-to-door’ luggage transfer scheme known as First Luggage.

Air miles and alliances

Air miles

Those using British Airways can acquire air miles through the BA’s Executive Club. Air miles are rewarded to customers depending on the distance flown, cabin flown in, ticket held and membership of the Executive Club. Passengers can also acquire air miles by booking with a BA hotel or car rental partner.

British Airways is also a member of the Oneworld Airline Alliance, which includes partners such as American Airlines, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Lan Airlines, Malév, Mexicana, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines.

For passengers flying with a Oneworld affiliated airline, they can also earn extra air miles on their Executive Club Account; you can then spend your air miles on various Oneworld benefits. In order to gain Oneworld Emerald tier membership passengers need to be an Executive Club Gold member. In order to gain Sapphire status, an Executive Club Silver account should be held.

Oneworld frequent flier benefits include; worldwide airport lounge access, priority boarding and preferred seating.

Airline meals

British Airways ensures all customers are catered for no matter where they’re flying or what class they’re in. With a comprehensive selection of culinary delights, you’ll be just as amazed by what’s on your plate as what you can see from your window.

Economy dining

Passengers are offered a complimentary snack or meal, and bar service when flying in any variety of economy class.

World Traveller customers can enjoy a three course meal or light meal, dependent on the length of their flight. So whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner you can be satisfied whilst enjoying the range of drinks available from the amazing bar service. Dependent on your flight route there’ll also be a mid-flight snack provided.

For Euro Traveller passengers, the flight may be short, but that doesn’t mean your food has to be anything less than exquisite. Enjoy a variety of drinks and snacks from the in-flight bar service no matter how long your flight, and enjoy a three course meal on selected routes.

Although UK domestic flight passengers are only with BA for a short while; you can still enjoy a variety of snacks and drinks from the bar. If you’re with us slightly longer, then you can indulge in a hot breakfast or a sweet or savoury deli snack.

Premium Economy dining

For those travelling in premium economy, you can enjoy an amazing variety of foods, whilst also indulging yourself in a drink from the complimentary bar. There are three course meals or light meals available on your flight, which have all been created by leading chefs. If you travel in the morning, start your day with either a full English or continental breakfast, along with tea, coffee and fruit juices. There’s also afternoon tea and light snacks provided during your journey as well.

Business dining

With so many different business class options available, depending on the destination, there’s a variety of different culinary experiences to be had.

Those flying with Club World can enjoy either a traditional full English breakfast, or the warm delicious pastries of a continental breakfast, to kick start your day. When it comes to a main meal, some of the world’s best chefs whip up an amazing three course meal for you to enjoy, or you can help yourself to a lighter cold meal, alongside a perfectly sourced glass of wine. There’s also afternoon tea included on the afternoon flights, and if you feel like a snack between meals, help yourself to a treat from the Club Kitchen.

Flying direct to New York using Club World London City you’ll be served an appetiser and drinks on the way to Shannon, followed by a delicious meal and full bar service on the way to NYC. The first flight of the day also serves afternoon tea with a variety of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and hot drinks. On the flight from New York to London, you can either treat yourself to a night cap and snack, or indulge with our beautiful suppers before eating breakfast before landing. Comprehensive arrays of snacks are also available on both journeys.

Passengers in the Club Europe business class can enjoy an exquisite meal that’s catered specifically to the time and length of your flight. On the morning flights you can enjoy an English breakfast, or a charcuterie selection, complete with warm bread and pastries, when leaving later. Lunch and dinner comprise of a hot meal or a fresh and tasty salad, along with warm bread and a full bar service. There’s also a selection of cheeses and desserts when you’ve finished, you can also enjoy a delicious afternoon tea complete with sandwiches, scones and tea.

First Class dining

Flying first class will ensure you a whole host of indulgent gastronomic feasts, prepared by some of the world’s leading chefs. With an exclusive menu, designed to highlight classic British dishes with an emphasis on the simplicity, taste, freshness and all round quality; you are in for a treat.

Enjoy your food at a time that suits you before you tuck into a beautiful starter as your chosen main course is prepared. Following your main enjoy a dessert, before sampling the carefully chosen cheese, fresh fruit and delicious chocolate. For lighter meals, you can also choose from a range of soups, salads, pasta and hot sandwiches if a three course meal isn’t quite your thing.

As a first class passenger you’ll also be treated to a classic full English breakfast in the mornings, which also comes with a lighter option, and offers an array of smoothies, juices, cereals, yoghurts and pastries. If you’d prefer to sleep longer then you can opt for the express breakfast, which will be served closer to landing.

Finally there’s also afternoon tea provided, with a variety of cakes, pastries, sandwiches, scones, and delicious teas, allowing you to indulge in a British tradition in the middle of the sky.

Specific requirements

For those who require any specific foods then these need to be organised at least 48 hours before your flight. This can be done through the ‘Manage my Booking’ section online, as soon as your booking with BA has been confirmed.


Depending on where you are flying from, there are various ways to check in for British Airways flight.

At the airport

All BA flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick have dedicated check-in desks – these will close 45 minutes before a flight departs. For international flights it is advised that passengers arrive at least 2 hours before their departure time to check in and pass through the necessary security areas. You must be in possession of a boarding pass by the time check-in closes, or you will not be accepted for the flight.

You may chose to check in at the airport using a British Airways check-in kiosk; these machines have an interactive touch screen which allows you to check in, choose your seat and print your own boarding pass at your own convenience. In order to use this service, you must have your booking number, a form of identification and your flight number.


BA passengers may check in online from 24 hours before their flight departs. The online check in system for each flight closes 1 hour before a flight’s scheduled departure. The online check-in system is available from the British Airways website.

Alternatively, passengers may choose to check-in using their mobile phone; most mobile phones with internet accessibility will be able to access the British Airways website to check-in; however, boarding cards must be printed before boarding an aircraft – these can be printed from email yourself or picked up from the airport.

When travelling from the USA, you must go to a check-in desk and see a British Airways agent, even if you have used online check-in or a check-in kiosk. This is to complete formalities before you go through security.

Other useful information

Special fares and children

Passengers traveling in a large group on a British Airways flight may be eligible for a special fare. There are also a variety of special rates available for children, with children’s rates offered to passengers aged between two and twelve years during the time of travelling. There are also discounts offered on selected short haul routes and some long haul travel destinations, which all depend upon the destination and flight time.

Infants (children under two years old) may travel for 10% of the adult flight fare when sitting on the lap of a parent or guardian. There are also a wide variety of family holiday ideas for you to look at if you have children of different ages.

Children are also able to travel alone on British Airways flights through the Skyflyer Solo service. This comprehensive and trustworthy service allows children aged 5 – 6 to travel on Skyflyer solo, but only on a non-stop direct flight. Between the ages of 6 and 12 they can travel using the scheme and between the ages of 12 and 18 they can either use the service or travel alone.

Disabled passengers

There are a comprehensive number of services and facilities available to disabled passengers requiring additional assistance. The airline needs to be notified about any additional assistance required at the time of booking or up to 48 before your flight.

Additional services include on board wheelchairs, facilities for sensory impaired passengers and an allowance of guide dogs, according to the regulations of the airline.

For those who require assistance dogs, your dog can travel free of charge in the cabin; provided they are qualified by a member of an Assistance Dogs International organisation.


For those wishing to travel with their pets, there is a Pet Travel Scheme available. This is provided by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Flying with confidence

A fear of flying can be extremely terrifying and prevents many people from seeing friends and family or just enjoying a nice holiday every year. British Airways understand this, therefore they offer a one day course, run by pilots and crew and supported by a clinical psychologist, to help you prepare for your flight.

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