50 years of British Airways

It is 50 years since British Airways in its current guise was created by the merger of BOAC and BEA. Bernie Baldwin takes a look at events since then and what the airline has in store

Some people look upon April 1 as April Fool’s Day, an opportunity to play jokes on family and friends. For many businesses, it is the first day of their financial year and a time for serious reflection on the previous year as well as anticipating the results of decisions made to make new ones better.

On April 1, 1974, the former staff of British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways (BEA) awoke to find themselves employees of British Airways, following the merger of the former airline pair. A brand new era of British civil aviation had begun.

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