Your key phrase was ” to the outside world” and I would agree as the Royal wedding clearly demonstrated….However….
I don’t live in the outside world, I live inside Britain….and when outside world airlines such as Emirates, KLM , Air France et al target my business as being more valuable to them than my own ” Flag carrier” then i can reciprocate their loyalty to me by flirting and sleeping with these outside world carriers .
I do feel sorry for BA and other Inside world carriers in as much as our money grabbing goverment taxmen punish their own citizens who wish to remain loyal to home carriers
Finally I also agree that if we had a decent rail service –funded by our green tax– then domestic air travel would be irrelevant—-unfortunately we lag behind and will be lapped in the race to have rail service that is worthy of one of Europes leading countries !!