Through our research we have identified the 59 airlines in the lefthand menu having flights from the UK or Ireland to the rest Europe.
For each airline, where possible we give a
- Brief history
- Their aircraft fleet
- List their UK and Ireland departure airports
- List of destination countries from each airport
- Resent news items
- Link to their booking page
Todays featured airline - British Airways
British Airways is the largest airline in the UK and third largest in Europe with their main hubs at Heathrow and Gatwick.
The airlines origins date back to 1919 when the company Aircraft Transport and Travel launched the worlds first daily international air service with flights between London and Paris.
Through a succusion of companies joining together which were then nationalised, BOAC and BEA were formed in 1939. These two airlines were then combined in 1974 to create British Airways.
After considerable restructuring, British Airways was privatised and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1987, taking over British Caledonian in 1988 and DanAir in 1992.
In late 2009, British Airways announced that they had reached an agreent with Iberia Airways of Spain for a merger to be completed by the end of 2010. The two airlines have been working together with code share agreements for th last 10 years.
The airline now has a fleet of around 285 aircraft with most European flights using Airbus A319 - 321 though some flights use Boeing 737.
In January 2011, a merger between British Airways and Iberia Airways of Spain was finalised. The two airlines maintain their brands, both being owned by the newly formed AIG (Internatinal Airlines Group).
The airline has the subsidiary CityFlyer which operates from London City Airport
In 2015, British Airways transported around 43.3 million passengers, a 4% increase from the previous year.
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