British Airways as we know it celebrates 40th birthday this week

British Airways which can trace its beginnings back to 1919 became British Airways in April 1974 with the merger of BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation) and BEA (British European Airways).

British Airways cabin crew in vintage uniforms

BA historic uniforms

BOAC was itself created by the merger of Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. BEA had a circular journey as it was originally formed as the British European Airways division of BOAC in 1946 and then became an entity in its own right in August 1946.

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