Explore our past: 2010 - Present Day

British Airways Concorde and the Red Arrows in flight.




January 2010:

BA celebrates 80 years of flying to India.

BA backs the recovery of JAL within the oneworld alliance.

June 2010:

Launch edition of Up to Speed

Open Skies makes its maiden flight, from Paris Orly to Washington Dulles

International Airlines Group (IAG) announces Keith Williams as the new Chief Executive of BA when the merger with Iberia is finalised

July 2010:

Tie up with Comic Relief charity to launch Flying Start

Mixed Fleet cabin crew contract makes its debut.

August 2010:

Joint Business with American Airlines on the UK/USA routes is given regulatory approval.

September 2010:

New Boeing 777-300 takes to the skies.

October 2010:

BA begins Joint business with Iberia and American Airlines on the North Atlantic.

Last three Boeing 757s are retired from service.

S7 joins the oneworld Alliance

December 2010:

Merger approved; shareholders vote their approval for the BA/Iberia merger.


January 2011:

Willie Walsh takes up his new appointment as Chief Executive of International Airlines Group

February 2011:

IAG shares start trading

May 2011:

Terminal 5C opens for business.

June 2011:

BA and IB cargo merged - new combined cargo business will report to IAG.

Ash cloud from Iceland disrupts flights again.

September 2011:

Malaysia Airlines to join oneworld.

Dreamflight 25th year anniversary.

December 2011:

Iberia to launch new arm - Iberia Express to take over short and medium-haul routes with new staff.


January 2012:

TBA Hangar raises roof to accommodate the Airbus A380.

IAG seals bmi bid.

Sir Ross Stainton, former Chairman of British Airways, dies aged 97.

March 2012:

IAG and JAL agree joint business.

April 2012:

Open Skies comes in-house.

May 2012:

European Commission gives IAG’s purchase of bmi the go-ahead.

Let the Relay begin - colleagues bring the Olympic Flame to Britain on a specially-liveried Airbus A319 – Firefly

Boeing 787 flies in for its debut at the BA Engineering Bases’s West Pen.

June 2012:

IAG secured a binding agreement to sell bmi Regional to Sector Aviation Holdings Limited.

July 2012:

JAL and BA seal joint business.

IAG conducts its first AGM in Spanish, in Madrid.

IAG Cargo is to create a new subsidiary, IAG Cargo Limited.

American Airlines staff move into Waterside.

Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, BA’s former Chairman, died aged 78.

August 2012:

The British Airways team carries the Flame to the Paralympic Games.

BA's first Airbus A380 takes shape in Toulouse.

September 2012:

bmibaby to close.

October 2012:

Qantas and BA announce they are to cut joint ties in March 2013.

Keith Williams revealed the delivery dates of the first of its Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s.

London City Airport celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The last bmi flight, BD928 from Baku, landed at Heathrow on 27 October.

November 2012:

British Airways starts a new joint business agreement with Japan Airlines.

Work starts on BA's first Boeing 787.

Open Skies introduced a new route from Paris Orly to New York JFK.

Garry Copeland joins the BA Board.

Qatar joins oneworld alliance.

December 2012:

British Airways takes delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight simulator.

BA's first Airbus A380 takes to the sky.

Cargo colleagues in the UK and US have transferred to IAG Cargo Ltd.

Open Skies joins oneworld.