British Airways

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By on Thursday 18th Aug, 2011 at 11:40

British Airways is the flag carrier airline for the UK and it has three main hubs: London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City.

British Airways is the largest airline in the UK based on the size of the fleet and international destinations and flights. It serves nearly 150 destinations and is one of only a few carriers to fly to all six continents.

The airline celebrated its 90th birthday in August 2009 and to mark this occasion they opened a heritage display where visitors can see artefacts from British Airways history such as old uniforms and aircraft from the 1930s.

When the airline originally began in 1919 it carried the first international airmail from the UK to Paris and in 1926 the airline had their first royal passenger – King Edward VIII who flew from Paris to London.

Fast forward to 2005 and British Airways became heavily involved in the 2012 bid for the Olympics but trying to get over 100,000 signatures on an aircraft to fly the bidders to Singapore for the final decision making process – their efforts obviously paid off because London was successful in their bid and is due to host the Olympics in 2012.

In 2010 British Airways successfully completed a merger with Iberia airlines to become Europe’s third largest scheduled airline. Both airlines will continue to represent their own brands but the merger means that they both have a wider network of destinations which means more travel opportunities for employees and customers alike.

In terms of career opportunities, the British Airways merger can only be a good thing for future employees; with more destinations on offer to passengers this means more flights and a higher demand for Cabin Crew.

British Airways offers an abundance of entry routes into the business, including graduate schemes. If you take part in a graduate scheme you can expect to be involved in different areas of the business, taking part in real decision making projects. Joining as a graduate could also be a brilliant financial opportunity as BA offer a starting pay for on-the-ground jobs of £24,000 - £26,000 per annum, as well as the option to take part in their company pension scheme. Other offers open to graduate joiners include Airport Parking and offers on holidays, health clubs and gym memberships.

For Cabin Crew and other in flight jobs with British Airways you can expect to receive some fantastic benefits as well. These include: Reduced air fare and discounted international travel; a generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme and private healthcare, a profit sharing scheme and subsidised staff restaurants.