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British Airways Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on a captivating Saturday sunset 2019 - Photo by Robson Smith
British Airways Boeing 777-200(ER) arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) from London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) on a captivating Saturday sunset 2019. Unsurprisingly, British Airways, the flag carrier, is one of the oldest operating airlines in the world, approaching its centennial next month (August 2019), and requires an in-depth look at its history for full appreciation; starting on August 25th, 1919, when Air Transport and Travel (AT&T) launched the world's first scheduled commercial international service from Middlesex, UK, to Paris. However, this company later shut down in 1920 and was consequently merged with Daimler Aviation, who in turn merged with three other air companies in 1924 to form Imperial Airways. In 1940, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), which would serve destinations that were, well... overseas to Great Britain, was created to take over the same Imperial Airways and British Airways Limited. Please take note of another two companies that were formed later in the decade. British European Airways (BEA), flying to European and domestic cities, was formed in 1946. Simultaneously, British South American Airways, or BSAA, was launched to fly to South American and the Caribbean, augmenting Britain's already impressive global reach in air travel. Also note that in 1946, London Heathrow Airport opened, and the facility is still in operation to welcome this 777-200 back on the returning flight, BA98. Following the mid 1940s, BSAA merged with BOAC for all overseas destinations. Finally, in 1974, the British Airways we all know and respect was created through the merger between British Overseas Airways and British European Airways, closing the complex early chapter of British air history. On a tangent, the colour scheme is of 1974 with a stylised Union Jack on the tail fins, named the "Chatam Dockyard Union flag". Here's to a hundred years of "To Fly. To Serve". Enjoy!
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