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British Airways, or BA, is one of the world’s largest international airlines, carrying over 36 million passengers worldwide. It is also one of the oldest, most recognisable and reliable airlines, and has been regarded as a leader in safety, comfort, quality and affordability. British Airways International does not operate flights domestically within South Africa. British Airways domestic flights within South Africa are operated by Comair under a franchise agreement. Its main hubs are London Heathrow, the largest international airport in the world, and London Gatwick.
Being the largest scheduled airline in the UK, BA flies to over 550 destinations, including more than 130 countries worldwide. These destinations include major European centres like Paris and Frankfurt, and Asian hubs like Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. All local flights are run and operated by Comair.
British Airways operates one of the biggest fleets in the world. Currently the airline operates 263 aircraft, and they have another 79 on order. The airline is the biggest operator of Boeing 747 aircraft in the world, they currently operate 40 Boeing 747s. The airline uses a Boeing 747 on the Cape Town – London route and a Airbus A380 on the Johannesburg – London route.
Carry on baggage
One item of luggage per passenger is permitted, with maximum dimensions of 22 x 18 x 10. Additional to that, one personal item is permitted. Any items over the free allowance will be charged for excess luggage.
Economy class passengers are allowed to 23kg of checked baggage while business class passengers are allowed 32kg.
Travellers are required to check-in 45 minutes before departure. Online check-in closes one hour before departure. “Fast bag drop” machines are available to drop off any hold luggage if you’ve check-in online.
British Airways operates a three tier cabin class configuration. Passengers can choose to buy tickets in economy, business or first class.
British Airways is a full service airline which means that all food and drink costs are included in your flight ticket.
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