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Old Sep 28, 18, 7:30 am
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100 years old next year?!

As exciting as new uniforms are [and I do think they are] the real bit of news snuck into this HFP piece was that BA is apparently 100 years old next year!! I read this forum semi regularly and like to think I'm a little more informed about the airline than most laypeople. How did this nugget escape me? And what pray tell celebrations do you think are in store? Apologies if this has already been covered, I did say semi-regularly on the reading front.
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Old Sep 28, 18, 7:32 am
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To be fair it's been mentioned in quite a few comments within threads... but it's not had it's own thread. So this could be the start ! Although it's dubious that "British Airways" is 100 years old !
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Old Sep 28, 18, 7:36 am
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How did this nugget escape me?
I'm afraid I can only prescribe a course of further Flyertalk. Here is another thread, and my reckoning on how the date was established. I can only agree with mikeyfly that it is a bit tenuous, however at least the inaugural flight did take off not too far from 27L.

Time for a BA flypast?

https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/about-ba/history-and-heritage/explore-our-past/1910-1919


(I'm not sure what we were doing sending grouse to Paris, but that's another matter).
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One Hundred Years ... of assorted British airlines post-WW1 that morphed and merged over the decades to eventually become BA.
BA was created in 1974 after a British Airways Board was established by the British government to manage the two nationalised airline corporations, British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways, and two regional airlines, Cambrian Airways from Cardiff, and Northeast Airlines from Newcastle upon Tyne. On 31 March 1974, all four companies were merged to form British Airways.
Happy 44th Birthday back in March, BA

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Old Sep 28, 18, 8:43 am
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To be fair it's been mentioned in quite a few comments within threads... but it's not had it's own thread. So this could be the start ! Although it's dubious that "British Airways" is 100 years old !
Not sure worthy of it's own thread! Certainly a fallacy on the dates, as others have mentioned. Will be interesting how origins are glossed in any marketing in order to comply with advertising standards!
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.................Will be interesting how origins are glossed in any marketing in order to comply with advertising standards!
Glossy marketing is one area where BA truly do excel, and I somehow doubt they will have any concerns about the ASA. A quick look at the gushing hyperbole to be found in sections on say, lounges and onboard catering within ba.com, will soon tell you that descriptive accuracy has never troubled their copywriters
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Well they just 'celebrated' 80 years in Hong Kong by axing a load of staff and closing the cabin crew base there.
So, might be interesting times ahead....
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Certainly not BA as such. How many of us remember flying on BOAC and BEA before it became BA in 1974?
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Old Sep 28, 18, 6:08 pm
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Hopefully they’ll celebrate by getting a new J product on the market (as has been promised several times already).
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I'm a believer: I had a hundred year old meal in coach a couple of weeks ago. And, my luggage followed by biplane.
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Old Sep 28, 18, 11:04 pm
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As far as the airline is concerned, it is celebrating its centenary next year and has been exploring "novel" ways to celebrate this milestone for months. I have no idea where they are in the process now but if the powers that be stay true to form I imagine that they will take the cheapest option as opposed to the one that may engender the most good will (e.g. genuinely cheap flights at a promotional price).

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Old Sep 29, 18, 3:44 am
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Certainly not BA as such. How many of us remember flying on BOAC and BEA before it became BA in 1974?
Me. I used to fly MAN-LHR on a BEA viscount or vanguard.2 ten shillings round trip for a youth fare. No mention of BA in those days.

I used to go to check in, get my boarding pass and wander to the gate, no checked baggage, no olci and no security. Walk across the apron and up the steps. As a youngster I always remember the BEA crew fussing over me. Now I'm old and knackered the BA crew do the same
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