Timeline of British Airways

Timeline Of British Airways

Timeline of British Airways

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This is a timeline of the history of British Airways plc (including the history of predecessor companies which influence its shape today).


  • 1924
    • 31 March – Imperial Airways formed by merger of four British airline companies.



  • 1960
  • 1964
    • 11 March – First passenger flight of BEA's Hawker Siddeley Trident.
    • 29 April – First passenger flight of Standard Vickers VC-10.
  • 1968


  • 1971
    • 14 April – BOAC undertakes its first commercial flight with the Boeing 747–100, the fourth airline to fly the 747.
  • 1972
    • 1 September – British Airways Board formed, a holding board which controlled BOAC and BEA.
  • 1974
    • 31 March – BOAC and BEA dissolved and operations merged to form British Airways.
  • 1976
    • 21 January – British Airways and Air France begin commercial flight with Concorde. (BA:London-Bahrain, Air-France:Paris-Rio de Janeiro)
  • 1979
    • May – Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister. Within two months she announces her government's intention to return BA to profit and privatise it.


  • 1980
    • June – Livery changed, "British airways"......
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