Multimillion-dollar investments in in-flight catering, modernization of cabins of all service classes, and an exclusive door-to-destination baggage delivery service – we tell you about British Airways, the largest airline and national carrier of Great Britain

Only facts

The history of British Airways began in 1924 with the formation of Imperial Airways. In 1939, it was nationalized and merged with British Airways LTD, formed in 1935. The new company was named British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), it organized long-distance flights, and British European Airways (BEA) flew across Europe. In 1972, BOAC and BEA merged.

The first flight to Moscow (USSR) was performed in 1959, since that time British Airways has been flying to Russia without interruption.

The company has received several prestigious aviation awards, including the Skytrax Award, joined one of the world’s largest airline alliances, Oneworld, and was the most profitable airline on the planet in the 1990s.

In Russia, British Airways flies from Moscow and St. Petersburg. From October 28, 2018, according to the winter schedule, one of the British Airways flights will operate from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, and the other two will continue to fly from Domodedovo.

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British Airways is the largest British airline and has an extensive route network with over 200 destinations in 74 countries. British Airways serves approximately 36 million passengers annually.

British Airways is constantly expanding its network of flights. For example, in March there were new direct flights from London to the Seychelles, and in addition to the existing daily flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town, British Airways will fly to Durban, South Africa. From April 2019, flights to Pittsburgh (USA) will be available in addition to numerous flights to most US airports.

Service classes

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For the convenience of its passengers, British Airways has significantly updated and continues to improve the design of the economy and premium economy class cabins, introduced LED lighting, installed ergonomic seats with additional space between the seats, adjustable head restraints, as well as USB ports and 50% increased multimedia screens … By summer 2019, British Airways will have completed the modernization of all aircraft operating from Gatwick, with the first destinations to Punta Cana, Cancun and Kingston.

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On long-haul routes, British Airways offers three to four options for passenger service – there are always World Traveler (Economy Class), World Traveler Plus (Premium Economy Class) and Club World (Business Class), and on Boeing 747, 787 and most Boeing 777 and Aerobus A380 – optional first class. Long-haul aircraft are used on the Moscow-London route, including the newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

All passengers, without exception, have access to a selection of films, TV series, radio stations, audiobooks and music of various genres, lessons in English, Spanish, German, Russian and many other languages, and on most flights – the latest press.

British Airways offers an exclusive AirPortr baggage delivery service from home, in which a specialist travels to any London address, picks up the baggage, checks and packs it right at the doorstep, then takes it to the airport, checks it in and then loads it on the plane along with the other passengers … The meeting with the luggage will take place in the city of arrival. The service is valid for international flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City.

Economy class

Economy class passengers have free seat selection at check-in, up to two pieces of hand luggage weighing up to 23 kg. If passengers choose the basic fare, which does not include luggage, then they can take 2 pieces of hand luggage with them on board, and the choice of seat and luggage will be at an additional cost. Depending on the fare, you can change the flight for free on the day of departure or return the ticket and get the full price back.

Long-distance tickets include snacks and drinks, entertainment system, pillows, blanket, toothbrush and paste set, flight socks and sleep mask will be offered on request.

Premium Economy Class

Superior Economy Class implies the same service conditions as the previous class, but differs in an increased free baggage allowance (up to two pieces weighing up to 23 kg each), priority boarding service, which allows you to board earlier than Economy Class passengers, and individual service. In addition, the updated salons of this class have fewer rows, and the seats have wider comfortable seats with additional legroom and a multimedia screen. Passengers will be offered noise canceling headphones. There is an electrical outlet for charging the laptop.

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In Premium Economy Class, you can carry two pieces of carry-on baggage (one standard-size piece plus a laptop or handbag), as well as two pieces of checked baggage – twice as much as usual in Economy Class.

Meals include a main (hot) dish from the business class menu, salad and drinks from the economy class menu.

Business Class

In addition to the economy class features, business class passengers can count on improved conditions for a comfortable journey: check-in at a dedicated counter, up to two pieces of checked baggage weighing up to 32kg each, a waiting area in the business lounge with Wi-Fi and priority boarding the plane.

On board the long-haul passenger is assigned a Club World seat with personal space in a secluded booth. After a full meal, you can fold the seat into a full bed. A comfortable sleep during the flight will be ensured by the sleeping accessories produced by the famous British lifestyle company The White Company, which includes a quilted mattress, pillow and duvet, and a travel kit with Elemis skin care products and accessories.

In addition to flights from Heathrow and Gatwick, there are flights between London City Airport and New York. Passengers receive U.S. Immigration Advance Control on flights to New York, and free lunch and champagne at Pilots Restaurant in the London City Airport Lounge. The aircraft cabins are equipped with 32 seats in 8 rows, which fold out into horizontal berths, mobile communications are provided on board, there are sockets with British, American and European connectors for laptops and other devices, personal iPads with collections of films and TV programs are offered. Personal service on board the aircraft also means that the passenger will be asked to fill out a special form, indicating whether to wake up for breakfast and what dishes to serve.

First grade

Many international flights offer First Class of service, which offers all the benefits of Business Class as well as substantial additions. For example, at Terminal 5 of London Heathrow Airport, you can quickly check in for your flight, go through expedited security checks and go to the Galleries First and Concorde Room business lounges.

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You can carry one travel bag weighing up to 23 kg and a laptop or handbag into the cabin, as well as check in up to three pieces of luggage weighing up to 32 kg each.

Maximum comfort during the flight for passengers will be provided by a personal cabin with a seat that folds out to a full-size berth with a length of 198 cm with a quilted mattress, snow-white duvet, pillow and soft cotton pajamas. You can watch movies on a 15-inch enlarged screen using noise canceling headphones. An RCA connector and a USB port are provided to connect a laptop, iPod or digital camera to the screen.

Before the flight, passengers will be given a Liberty London cosmetic set, and then will be offered a full restaurant service with breakfast, lunch and dinner, traditional English afternoon tea, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Meals on board

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British Airways is making a multi-million dollar investment to improve long-haul Economy Class dining. Starting January 17th, a new four-course main menu is available, as well as appetizers or Magnum ice cream as a second meal.

In Economy Class on domestic and European flights departing from Heathrow and Gatwick airports, British Airways offers in-flight meals, co-developed with the famous British brand Marks & Spencer. Passengers can choose between a variety of meals, including vegetarian, gluten-free and dietary options, which will cost less than £ 5. Executive Club members can use Avios to pay for food and beverages.

During the flight, passengers of premium economy class will be offered an exquisite menu, and the selected dishes will be served on porcelain dishes with linen napkins.

New sorts of champagne are available for First and Business Class passengers – Gusbourne, English Sparkling Wine, Lanson Rosé Champagne and Canard-Duchêne Cuvee Léonie Brut Champagne, Champagne Besserat de Bellefon Rosé, respectively.

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