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Anonymous4 Apr 2014
BA was founded 40 years ago. The DT has assembled a potted pictorial review.
For aficionados, there is a newly published book – ‘British Airways: an Illustrated History by Paul Jarvis (£17.99) from Amberley Publishing’4 Apr 2014
Being a Saturday I couldn’t resist posting this link.
It’s not the first pic that I am referring to (though it is amusing to those in the know), it is about the 3rd pic down which is a slideshow of business names that are in fact puns. The pun on British Airways is slide 20 and is quite obvious after the fact so you might want to try and guess what it is before you look at slide 20.5 Apr 2014
I am afraid this topic is mis-titled.
I have in my possession the following DVD…
…”British Civil Aviation -Imperial Airways The Definitive Newsreel History 1924-1939″
It states, in the original newsreels, that British Airways came into being at the end of 1924 with the amalgamation of Hillman Airways, United Airways and Spartan Airlines. BA then concentrated on Northern European routes, Germany and Scandanavia.
However, then in 1936 – there was the merger with British Continental Airways which made them “the second largest British air transport company”.
The end came in April 1939 when there was a reorganisation of air services which basically meant Imperial Airways would fly the long-haul routes while BA would fly the short-haul routes (within Europe). Of course, we now know that other circumstances intervened so the European company was not formed until 1946 as BEA. Then it was resurrected as British Airways in 1974.
This means, of course, that BA should be celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.8 Apr 2014