Bob O’Brien details the service of the BAC One-Eleven with BEA, then British Airways.

Main photo: One of the nine -400 series that served with British Airways’ regional division after the merger of BEA and BOAC. Wolfgang Mendorf

Reliability and profitability were words closely associated with the BAC One-Eleven when employed by British Airways (BA) and its predecessor, British European Airways (BEA). It was billed as the UK’s aviation industry’s ‘big hope’ and proved to be a success with nearly 250 sold.

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