The airline that represents the United Kingdom is British Airways and based on the international flights, international destinations and the fleet size, British airways is the largest airline. If the British Airways airline was to be based on passengers then it is the second largest with easyJet being the largest in South Africa. Globally, the airline carries almost 40 million passengers every year.
The British Airways was not always what we know as it is today. Originally there was the British Overseas Airways Corporation and the British European Airways and also two smaller airlines Cambrian airways and Northeast Airlines. These four merged into British Airways in 1974.
British Airways has a base in South Africa and within the country their flights are operated by Comair. The route in the country covers some of the major cities as well as some regional airports. The size of the British Airways fleet can be seen by the orders they have made over the recent years. In 1998, they order 59 Airbus A320 family aircrafts and in 2007 they bought 12 Airbus A380s as well as 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s. The British Airways airline has 55 staple Boeing 747 – 400s and the largest operator of these that can be found. With British Airways, South Africans can travel the in the clouds, with the famed British pomp and glamour.
Booking flights on British Airways South Africa
Book your flights on British Airways South Africa right here on our site. We have a comprehensive listing of all flights offered by British Airways South Africa for the coming months with some of the best rates. You would not have to incur any travel agent fees nor have to travel to one to book a flight. It can now be done wherever you want, within minutes, provided you have access to the net. You will get a list of flights you are able to choose from, from a list that is provided after you enter in the dates on which you would be travelling. You would be taken on a step by step journey in booking your flight on British Airways. The flight confirmation which contains the booking code to be used during your check-in will be delivered by email. British Airways allows their customers to make amendments to their flights, although this will come at an added cost. Pets can be transported on British Airways South Africa flights though they will not be permitted to travel in the cabin due to safety concerns (with the exception of registered guide dogs). They will instead travel in a secure pet carrier in the cargo section. Pet carriers are not included in the checked luggage of a passengers and must be booked and paid for separately.
Check into Flights
Checking into flights for British Airways South Africa can be done 4 ways. The online and mobile option opens up a full day before the flight departs. If this method is chosen the passengers would be responsible for selecting their seating, declaring luggage and printing their boarding pass. The plus side is that once at the airport, they would simply drop off bags at the drop point and go straight to board their flight. For those who do not wish to go this route or do not have access to the internet then there is always the option of using the self-service kiosks at the airport. It opens a little while before the counters and here as well, bags will have to be dropped off. The counter is the final option. British Airways South Africa staff will handle the entire check-in and send bags directly to the baggage point. Passengers can choose whichever suits their needs but going online does offer certain benefits such as earlier access to a wider range of seats to select from and not having to deal with those pesky airport queues.
Economy class British Airways South Africa passengers are allowed to check in 2 pieces of luggage weighing a maximum of 32kg each. The same weight applies for first class passengers but they would get an additional bag to check in too.
To take onto the plane, passengers can bring along a hand luggage bag with either a handbag/lap top bag weight a maximum of 23kg. All items taken onto the plane must pass through security.
British Airways Flights
Passengers can expect royal treatment when flying on British Airways. The inflight entertainment consists of audio and visual choices along with their inflight magazine. Seating is spacious enough with a good amount of leg room with first class passengers enjoying more of a benefit in this regard. Meals served during the flight are either breakfast, lunch or supper, depending on the duration of the flight. Cities in South Africa are within very short flying distance to each other so only one of the meal options will be given. With the British Airways South Africa partnership with Woolworths, called Cafe Cloud, passengers will be served meals from the Woolies range of quality, fresh and delicious items.
The British Airways airline offers flights to 150 destinations across the world which includes six domestic destinations. Most airports have British Airways lounges which gives free entry to passengers who hold first class tickets. Lounges can be used as a quiet getaway area in the airport to relax, freshen up or enjoy some complimentary food and drinks. It is also one of the only airlines which offers flights to all six continents. This means that where ever you are wishing to travel then you can almost be sure that the British Airways will be able to take you there. When flying British Airways South Africa, passengers can earn Avios points from the airlines loyalty club. Once points are accumulated to a certain point, they can be spent towards British Airways South Africa flights or on an upgrade to a higher cabin class.