Airlines A-Z (or A-V!)
American Airlines is one of the largest airlines in the world with flights to over 350 destinations across 50 countries each day, making flying from the UK to the USA easier than ever before. American Airlines flights can take you to more than 30 cities in the USA, with non-stop flights between London and the USA including, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. There’s plenty of other connecting flights from London to the USA, providing the perfect opportunity to explore more than one US destination. American Airlines fly daily from both Manchester airport and London Heathrow Airport.
British Airways is the UK’s largest airline, founded in 1974. British Airways now fly to more than 550 destinations worldwide, with 170 of them taking off from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City and London Stansted. British Airways flights can take you to international destinations such as New York, Dubai, Toronto, Bangkok and Cape Town, with plenty of great stop-over destinations to choose from too. British Airways is the UK’s national airline, founded in 1974 following the merger of two UK-government owned airlines. The airline has its primary base at London Heathrow Airport where it has use of Terminal 3 and Terminal 5. In terms of fleet size, international flights and international destinations, British Airways operates more transatlantic flights than any other European carrier.
Formerly known Continental Airlines, a merger with United Airlines in 2010 changed the name to United. Today, United Airlines flies to 339 destinations worldwide and is the World’s most comprehensive global route networks, opening gateways to 54 countries. Fly with United Airlines to one of their nine hubs, including Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC, as well as many more fantastic destinations across the world.
Emirates is the national airline of Dubai, and the largest airline in the Middle East. Owned by the Dubai government, the airline is based at Dubai International Airport where it has exclusive use of the purpose-built Terminal 3. Emirates flights now carry passengers to over 150 destinations worldwide on 230 aircrafts. Flights to Dubai operate daily from London Heathrow, Birmingham Airport and Glasgow Airport, reaching destinations such as Mauritius, Australia and Brazil. Named as the World’s Best Airline in 2016 and with 6 new destinations added to its global network last year, Emirates continues to hold its position as an industry leader.
Etihad Airways was founded in 2003 as the national flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates state of Abu Dhabi. From its main base at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the airline operates close to 150 daily flights to 110 destinations in 62 countries and carries over 6 million passengers per year. Flights to Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Manila, Bangkok and Mumbai are some of the most popular routes that Etihad flights cover.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
KLM is the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name. Founded in 1919, KLM has grown from strength to strength. Its main hub is at Schiphol Airport and a joint venture with Air France, whose hub is the Paris airport Charles De Gaulle, has allowed both airlines to benefit from two hubs. KLM flights reach 145 worldwide destinations, including 68 long-haul destinations with Caribbean flights, New Zealand flights and flights to Singapore, and 77 medium-haul destinations. KLM flies from over 17 UK airports, including Newcastle Airport and Edinburgh Airport, and is quickly becoming one of the leading airlines in the industry.
Fly with Qatar Airways to more than 150 amazing destinations across 6 continents. This is still a relatively young but rapidly growing United Arab Emirates airline and is the flag carrier for the state of Qatar. Doha International Airport stands as the hub for Qatar Airways and is a stop-over destination for many long-haul routes. Qatar Airways is due to introduce several new destinations in 2017/18, which include flights to Las Vegas, Auckland flights and flights to Rio de Janeiro. The airline currently operates one of the youngest fleets of aircraft in the world, and has a reputation for excellent on-board facilities and impressive levels of service.
Qantas flights are setting the standard for international travel, operating from its main hub at Sydney Airport. Flying from London Heathrow Airport Terminal 3, all Qantas flights are via Dubai and take passengers to long-haul destinations such as Perth, Melbourne, the South Pacific, New Zealand and Asia. March 2018 will see Qantas launch the first direct link between Australia and Europe with its Perth to London flight on board the 787-9 Dreamliner. The service will take approximately 17 hours and will be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the world.
Fly with Thai Airways from London airports to over 80 worldwide destinations in 32 countries. Thai Airways is the national flag carrier and the largest airline in Thailand, founded in 1988. The airline’s hub is at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Flights to the Middle East offer 3 different countries, Asia/Pacific flights take passengers to 19 countries and flights to Europe operate to over 10 countries.
Virgin Atlantic was founded by Sir Richard Branson in the early 1980s and has since grown to be the UK’s second largest long-haul airline. With London airports operating as the hub for Virgin Atlantic flights, it offers amazing connections from the UK to destinations all over the world including North America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Africa, the Middle-East and Asia. Virgin Atlantic planes all have female names and are painted in a distinctive red and silver livery with a painting of a pinup girl called ‘Scarlet Lady’ near the nose of each aircraft.