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British Airways is based out of the United Kingdom at Heathrow International Airport. It is the largest airline in the world in terms of fleet size, international flights and international destinations it services. Operated by Comair in SA, British Airways South Africa offers domestic flights and regional routings throughout Southern Africa. The British Airways South Africa branch is situated at Johannesburg International Airport.
British Airways was established as an official airline in March 1974, and completed its first long-haul flight from London to Bahrain in 1976. Since its inception, the company has grown to acquire and partner with many smaller airlines, making it one of the world’s leading airlines it is today. Along with Iberia Airlines and its subsidiaries, BA forms part of the IAG Group of Airlines.
September 1998 saw British Airways, along with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Canadian Airlines form the Oneworld airline alliance – today it is the world’s third largest airline alliance.
Destinations that British Airways South Africa flies to
British Airways is one of the world’s few airlines that flies to all six inhabited continents on the planet. The carrier services over 200 destinations and transports close to 38 million passengers annually.
In South Africa, BA Comair, services various major routes, including Cape Town to Johannesburg and Cape Town Durban. The airline flies to Johannesburg to Durban and Port Elizabeth regularly. British Airways also services regional destinations such as Harare, Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Windhoek.
The 2017 Fleet
As of the beginning of this year, the British Airways SA fleet comprises:
• Airbus A318-100 – 2 aircraft in service
• Airbus A319-100 – 44 aircraft in service
• Airbus A320-200 – 68 aircraft in service
• Airbus A321-200 – 18 aircraft in service
• Airbus A380-800 – 12 aircraft in service
• Boeing 747-400 – 37 aircraft in service
• Boeing 767-300 – 7 aircraft in service
• Boeing 777-200 – 3 aircraft in service
• Boeing 777-200 – 43 aircraft in service
• Boeing 777-300 – 12 aircraft in service
• Boeing 787-8 – 8 aircraft in service
• Boeing 787-9 – 14 aircraft in service.
Cabin & Flight Classes: Economy Class
Economy Class passengers are offered modern and comfortable, contoured leather seat and, complimentary newspapers. They also enjoy an in-flight magazine and generally an aisle mounted screen on short, domestic flights.
This class offers wider seats with additional leg room, smaller, intimate cabins with attentive service and delicious meals. A full bar service and a personal entertainment system with comfortable headphones is also provided. Significantly Premium Economy offers passengers a larger free baggage allowance.
Business Class travellers are treated to spacious seating that fully converts to a 6ft flat bed. Additional treats include delicious food and drink options, memory foam head rest, quilted blanket, luxury amenity kit, personal plug points for laptops and other devices, as well as priority boarding.
For a true first class experience, British Airways offers passengers their own private, spacious suite. This class offers a fully flat bed with mattress and duvet, complimentary cotton pyjamas, a luxury toiletries kit, dining options, access to exclusive lounges and spa treatments, as well as attentive service.
On Board Entertainment
On short, domestic flights, passengers receive complimentary snacks, newspapers, an in-flight magazine and a tea and coffee or bar service. Long-haul flights include in-flight entertainment in the form of personal screens with a library of entertainment options including the latest movies, television shows, games, music and children’s programmes. Passengers receive complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner depending on the duration of the flight, as well as a full bar service.
You can get a sense of the British Airways brand experience in the video below:
As of the beginning of 2017, BA enjoys codeshare agreements with TAAG Angola Airlines, LATAM, American Airlines, Aer Lingus, Qantas, Royal Jordanian, Qatar Airways, Vueling as well as Bangkok Airways and Cathay Pacific, among other prominent airlines.
Domestic flights throughout South Africa permit economy class travellers 23kgs per checked in bag, one piece of hand baggage and one handbag – not exceeding 7kgs.
Economy class passengers on long haul flights are allowed a maximum of 32kg for check-in luggage, as well as two items of carry-on luggage, not exceeding 40cm x 30cm x 15cm for laptop bags or handbags.
Business and First Class passengers are permitted three pieces of check-in luggage. Each bag may not exceeding 32kgs.The two items of carry-on luggage may not exceeding 40cm x 30cm x 15cm for laptop bags or handbags. You can find out more about BA baggage allowances here.
Rewards / Frequent Flyer Program
Regular passengers are encouraged to join the Executive Club, where they can collect valuable Avios points to be spent on flights and upgrades. Members of this tiered program also have access to luxury premier lounges, fast track queues, spa treatments and tiered rewards.
Contact British Airways South Africa
1 Marignane Drive
Domestic and Regional
Tel: +27 (011) 921 0111
+27 (011) 921 0222
0860 4359 22
0861 5858 52
Official BA South Africa Website: www.britishairways.com – NOT www.britishairways.co.za or www.flybritishairways.com.
BA in the news
Check out the latest news involving British Airways South Africa here.
British Airways operates at maximum capacity for 2016 summer season
The British Airways route between Cape Town and London has seen demand sky-rocket during the months of December – February, South Africa’s peak summer period. The popular route now offers close to 33 flights a week, with two additional Boeing 747-400 aircraft to cater to high demand.
Improved air access set to inject R3bn in direct tourism to Western Cape
A ground-breaking project to increase and improve air access for flights into the Western Cape is set to play a key role in increasing the amount of international arrivals, thus generating an estimated R3bn in tourism revenue for 2017 for the province. The British Airways service has already added flights to its schedule to meet increasing demand on the London to Cape Town route.