We are the major operator at London Heathrow airport, with approximately 50 percent of flights to and from the airport featuring our distinctive red, white and blue branding. We also have a significant presence at London Gatwick, and the wholly owned subsidiary BA CityFlyer is the biggest operator at London City Airport. The airline is both a founding member and integral part of the successful oneworld alliance.
British Airways employs 40,000 people, based mainly in the UK, although it also has staff based in over 75 countries around the world. The airline has around 14,500 cabin crew and 3,500 pilots, and a fleet of 240 aircraft including 115 longhaul aircraft. The airline’s route network currently serves in excess of 160 different cities, with more than 300,000 flights operated per annum.
British Airways listed on the London Stock Exchange in February 1987 and became a publicly listed company, with the initial flotation 11 times oversubscribed. British Airways merged with Iberia in early 2011 under the umbrella of the International Airlines Group (IAG). IAG shares are listed as part of the FTSE100 grouping of leading UK companies.
We have a long-standing history in Japan, and have been flying to Japan for more than 60 years (the maiden voyage to Japan took place in 1948). By operating from two airports in Tokyo (Narita and Haneda), we are able to provide our customers with greater choice and flexibility regarding their travel plans.
We operate 12 weekly services between Tokyo and London Heathrow (daily service from Narita and a five-time weekly service from Haneda).
We have a joint business agreement (JB) with Japan Airlines (JAL), and the JB provides customers a greater choice of flights as well as better links between Japan and Europe. The code-sharing agreement with JAL offers customers 19 weekly flights between Tokyo and London Heathrow.
British Airways is the only European carrier to fly direct from Haneda to London Heathrow.
The Haneda-Heathrow service's morning arrival allows the business traveller to make the most of their day. The time of the service also facilitates onwards connection to other routes on the British Airways network for both business and leisure traveller.
The JB sees the two airlines cooperating on all non-stop flights between Japan and Europe. This includes 19 weekly services between the UK and Japan, as well as JAL’s services to Paris and Frankfurt. The JB gives customers the flexibility to use a combination of JAL and British Airways flights, as well as aligned fares on travel between Japan and Europe.
Travel convenience will be greatly improved with JAL and British Airways’ network spanning 65 European cities and 32 cities within Japan. Further expansion of code share arrangements is expected in the future.