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BA - British Airways

Books about the United Kingdom Viscount owner and operator BA - British Airways

British Airways:
Its History, Aircraft and Liveries

by Keith Gaskell

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Britain's premier airline is now among the world's elite.

This book summarizes the early pioneering days and the nationalized post-war years of BEA - Britain European Airways and BOAC - British Overseas Airways Corporation. We then see the joining of these two airlines under the banner of BA - British Airways and follow its early history into successful privatization and the airline's freedom to pursue new ventures.

Every type of aircraft that has been operated by BA is described, the nuances of livery styles are illustrated in colour.

British Airways has acquired airlines, invested in others and has franchise partners; these are identified and the aircraft described.

Thirty Seconds to Impact

by Peter Burkill and Maria Burkill

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When Peter Burkill took charge of the flight deck of the Boeing 777 and took off from Beijing airport, there was nothing to suggest that this trip would be anything other than a routine flight of the sort he had made so many times before. It was not until moments before landing that anything went wrong.

Coming in to Heathrow Airport, the plane suffered inexplicable loss of power to both engines, and it was suddenly likely that the plane would plough into a built-up area outside the airport, with the loss of all lives on board.

Peter tells us in graphic detail his thoughts and actions when he managed to help save the plane at the last moment thanks to a flash of inspiration that led him to change the position of the wing flaps, which appeared to gain the vehicle enough precious time to make it over the perimeter fence and land on the grass, short of the runway.

For both Maria and Peter, their lives following the crash have resulted in experiences that they never would have expected to have happened. There isn't a handbook with rules to follow after a crash so the subsequent aftermath was laced with events that could have been handled better from all sides, which lead to Maria and Peter having to find strength inside them that they had never needed before.

A little more than a year later, they have used these strengths to begin a new chapter in their lives; starting with leaving British Airways and celebrating a second chance to enjoy life. But there are still nights when they find themselves awake, crying about what could have happened on that fateful day.

Dirty Tricks:
British Airways' Secret War Against Virgin Atlantic

by Martyn Gregory

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Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic was valued at over £1.2 billion when he sold a 49% stake to Singapore Airlines in 1999. This was an extraordinary achievement for an airline that began life in 1984 with one plane.

Virgin Atlantic became one of the world's top airlines only after surviving an incredible dirty tricks campaign by British Airways.

Award winning investigative journalist Martyn Gregory exposed BA's secret war, and he reveals the full story in Dirty Tricks.

British Airways

by Leo Marriott

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A comprehensive guide to British Airways and its subsidiaries, including detailed information on the airline's aircraft, liveries, operations, strategy and history, as well as providing a detailed and up-to-date fleet list.

The Inside Story of British Airways

by Arthur Reed

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Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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