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Founded in 1974, British Airways offers flights to around 160 destinations in countries around the globe. It is a SkyTrax 4-star airline.

British Airways is the national flag carrier of the United Kingdom and it is one of only a handful airlines that flies to all six inhabited continents. It is the largest airline in the UK and British Airways maintains hubs at London Heathrow and London Gatwick Airports. British Airways has codeshare agreements with oneworld alliance members, as well as bmi, Loganair and Flybe, Aer Lingus, and Kingfisher Airlines. British Airways airplanes carry the distinctive image of a stylized Union Jack on their tailfins.

British Airways Ticketing and Check-in Information

British Airways offers 3 easy options for check-in:

Airport Counter Check-in:Check-in for your flight in the most conventional manner by stopping by the British Airways counter at the airport.

Next Day or Advance Check-in: This option allows you to save time and check-in for your flight up to 24 hours in advance of your departure time via the internet. To check-in online, visit British Airways’s online check-in page. After checking-in, you can print out your boarding pass and proceed directly to the security gates if you aren’t checking any baggage. If you have to check baggage be sure to stop by the British Airways counter.

Electronic Kiosk Check-in: : For those who want to bypass the lines at the counter on busy travel days, British Airways offers check-in services for passengers via electronic kiosks. Typically, these kiosks contain British Airways signage on them and are located near the British Airways counter.

British Airways Baggage Information & Restrictions

Checked Luggage Restrictions for British Airways

For those travelling Economy Class (called “World Traveller Plus”, “World Traveller” or “Euro Traveller” on British Airways), you will be allowed 1-2 items of checked baggage, not exceeding 23-32 kg per piece and with dimensions (L + W + H) not more than 90 x 75 x 43 cm. Economy Class baggage allowance varies based on your destination. For a full breakdown of checked baggage allowance based on destination/aircraft/both/neither, and potential fees associated with baggage, please visit British Airways’s Baggage Allowance Page.
For those travelling Business Class (called “Club World” or “Club Europe” on British Airways) and First Class, you will be allowed 3 items of checked baggage, not exceeding 32 kg per piece and with dimensions (L + W + H) not more than 90 x 75 x 43 cm.

Carry-On Baggage Restrictions for British Airways

You are allowed to carry 1 piece of baggage, as well as a laptop-sized bag, handbag, or briefcase on the flight at no extra charge. British Airways does not specify a maximum weight, but all carry-on baggage must have a total dimension (L + W + H) of 56 x 45 x 25 cm.

If you are traveling with an infant, you are entitled to one additional piece of carry-on baggage.

Travelers may also take items for personal use into the cabin including laptops, cameras, purses, mp3 players, food, pillows, etc. For the complete list of allowed carry-on and personal items on British Airways please visit their Baggage Restrictions Page.

British Airways Special Luggage Requirements

British Airways allows passengers to take some non-traditional traveling items with them to their destinations including scuba diving equipment, skis, and surfboards. For more information on traveling with these special items, visit British Airways’s Baggage Allowance Page.

British Airways Seating Options

British Airways offers 3 options for seating on their flights:

Economy Class (called “World Traveller Plus”, “World Traveller” or “Euro Traveller” on British Airways)

Economy class seating on British Airways has a distance of 31-38 inches between seats. All economy class seats have personal TV screens featuring movies, TV shows, games, music, and radio. On Boeing 747 and Boeing 767 long-haul aircraft, the personal TV screens are on-demand.

Business Class (called Executive Class on Air Canada)

Business class seating on British Airways has a distance of 34-73 inches between seats. Club World seats have a seat pitch of 73 inches and 10.4 personal TV screens that include movies, TV shows, games, as well as music and radio. Club Europe seats have a seat pitch of 34 inches.

First Class

First class seating on British Airways has a distance of 78 inches between seats. First Class seats come complete with on-demand personal TV screens, pyjamas, velvet slippers, 400 thread Egyptian cotton duvet and pillow, as well as the ability to have your bed made for you at any time during your flight.

Seating on WestJet has a distance of 32-34 inches between seats. Most aircraft have seats with individual seat-back monitors for entertainment.

Traveling with Pets on British Airways

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Flying with your pets can be a safe and fun experience if airline rules and regulations are followed. Live pets can only be transported to countries where the regulations of the country permit, and subject to the terms and conditions specified by that country. Pets can often travel on flights with you in the cabin, in the hold as checked baggage, or in the hold, as cargo. See British Airways's Traveling with Pets.

British Airways In-flight Service, Beverages, and Meals

Dependant on the flight, and type of aircraft, British Airways offers a wide variety of food, beverage and entertainment options.

Economy Class also known as “World Traveller Plus”, “World Traveller” or “Euro Traveller”, offers personal TV screens on most flights, with a lot of entertainment options to choose from including games, TV, movies, and more. All meals and drinks are free of charge, with drinks being available on request.

Business class, also known as “Club World” or “Club Europe” offers personal TV screens on Club World flighst, with a lot of entertainment options to choose from including games, TV, movies, and more. In addition, Club World seats come equipped with individual power sockets. All meals and drinks are free of charge, with drinks being available on request. In addition, Club World offers “Club Kitchen”, where passengers can help themselves to snacks such as wraps, cakes, and wine at any time during their flight.

First Class offers personal TV screens on most flight, with a lot of entertainment options to choose from including games, TV, movies, and more. In addition, First class includes a champagne cocktail as well as an a la carte menu.

British Airways Fleet

British Airways operates a fleet consisting of Boeing and Airbus airplanes. Their fleet consists of Airbus A318s, A319s, A320s, A321s and Boeing 737s, 747s, 757s, 767s, and 777s.

British Airways Lounges

British Airways Lounges are fully operational over 100 cities, including London, New York, Paris, and Hong Kong.

British Airways Lounge access is available to First class, Club World, and Club Europe passengers as well as silver and gold Executive club members.