A look at British Airways’ most memorable TV advertisements

Our archive collection and commentary of British Airways’ most memorable TV advertisements over the past 40 years.

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"The Face" British Airways
“The Face” British Airways

British Airways has a long history of producing some of the most memorable TV advertisements with the aid of its advertising agencies (formerly Saatchi & Saatchi/M&C Saatchi and more recently BBH).

As well as simply being enjoyable to watch, the ads provide a commentary on both the changes in the air travel industry over the past three decades and changing social attitudes.

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bmi and British Airways merger: One year on

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

It’s approaching one year since the parent company of British Airways, International Airlines Group, officially completed its purchase of bmi from Lufthansa. bmi’s former Heathrow operation has been fully integrated into BA for nearly six months. Of the two other airlines acquired from Lufthansa, bmibaby has been shut down and bmi regional has been sold to Sector Aviation Holdings.

The merger represented a significant milestone in BA’s history and a once in a lifetime chance to grow at a capacity constrained London Heathrow, so it’s worth looking at what has happened to former bmi routes and the current state of play at Heathrow.

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New & Noteworthy: High speed rail for Australia, IAG, Qantas, Willie Walsh, Sir Richard Branson

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Here are a few new & noteworthy items for today, Thursday 11 April 2013:

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Delta proposes London – Salt Lake City & Seattle under joint-venture with Virgin Atlantic

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Virgin Atlantic & Delta Air Lines Aircraft (Image Credit: Delta Air Lines)

As expected, following Delta’s acquisition of a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines, Delta and Virgin Atlantic have applied for anti-trust immunity for transatlantic flights from London Heathrow.

Delta will continue to operate a joint-venture with Air France-KLM for transatlantic flights to points beyond London Heathrow.

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BA increases London Heathrow – Seattle from 7 to 10 weekly

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British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Logo (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has announced that it will increase its flights from London Heathrow to Seattle from 7 to 10 weekly from 3 April 2013.

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BA converts 18 Boeing 787 options into firm orders

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British Airways Boeing 787-8
British Airways Boeing 787-8 (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has this evening confirmed that it has converted 18 of its 28 options for Boeing 787 aircraft into firm orders for delivery between 2017 and 2021.

The airline currently has 24 Boeing 787 aircraft on order for delivery from this year and this takes the total number of 787s to be delivered to BA to 42, meaning that the 787 will represent a substantial part of BA’s long-haul fleet. This is a clear vote of confidence by BA in the 787.

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End of an era for the Kangaroo Route as Qantas calls Dubai home

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Emirates & Qantas Partnership (Image Credit: Emirates)
Emirates & Qantas Partnership (Image Credit: Emirates)

There probably isn’t an airline route in the world where travellers have more choice of airlines routings than London to Australia. As non-stop routes between London and Australia remain a technical impossibility and fuel prices mean that is likely to remain the case, a stop en route has always been required.

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