100 years of British Airways

On August 25th British Airways will be turning 100. We will be celebrating our landmark birthday by celebrating Britain.

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British Airways’ Centenary

Throughout our Centenary year we will be celebrating the best of modern Britain.

Our first series will showcase truly inspiring Brits who embody the best of our homeland.

They are the people who represent the values we want to celebrate and who make Britain the creative, open-minded, pioneering and welcoming place it is today.

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Gary Oldman

Regarded as one of the greatest screen actors of his generation. His illustrious acting career has seen him as Dracula, Sirius Black in the Harry Potter franchise, master spy George Smiley and in his Academy Award winning performance as Winston Churchill he has cemented his status as an iconic British legend.

“Britain has given me... a little chap called Winston”
View Gary’s ‘Love Letter’
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Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn co-founded Decoded, a technology education company up-skilling adults in data analytics, AI and machine learning. In 2014 she received an MBE for services to education in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. A passionate advocate for getting women into the tech industry, she also successfully campaigned for coding as mandatory on the UK National Curriculum.

“A love letter to Britain created out of binary code”
Decode Kathryn’s ‘Love Letter’
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Joanne Froggatt

Golden Globe winner and three times Emmy nominee Joanne Froggatt is best known for Downton Abbey, but her career includes roles as dark and brooding as the moors she once called home.

“All of Britain is a stage, and we’re all playing”
View Joanne’s ‘Love Letter’
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Kate Devlin

Kate Devlin is an academic, writer and a leading expert in Artificial Intelligence investigating how people react and interact with technology. She is a pioneering force in the field of intimacy and technology, examining the profound impact emerging and future technologies may have on society.

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Olivia Colman

Equally at home in comedy and drama, Colman is a familiar face, and is fast developing an international reputation in film. Her performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite has been universally acclaimed.

“A cup of tea is a cure for everything”
View Olivia’s ‘Love Letter’
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BrewDog founders James Watt and Martin Dickie have created a special brew, Speedbird 100, to celebrate British Airways’ centenary

“The world’s first brewed beer at 40,000ft”
View Brewdog’s ‘Love Letter’

British Airways’ Centenary Editions

To celebrate this milestone year, British Airways has partnered with a selection of Great British brands to create a limited-edition series of food, drink and gifts.

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Martin Parr

For almost half a century, Martin has been capturing the diversity and eccentricity of British culture, from quirky seaside towns to the Notting Hill Carnival. His witty and unique brand of photography has been featured in 40 books and 80 exhibitions worldwide, making him one of the most distinguished photographers of his generation.

“Queues, carnivals and rubbish weather – a snapshot of the Britain I adore”
View Martin’s ‘Love Letter’
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Professor Sue Black

A professor of computer science and a technology evangelist, Sue has been a leading figure in her field for more than 20 years. As well as her academic position at Durham University, she has also been a UK government advisor, a trustee at Comic Relief, and set up the UK’s first online network for women in technology, BCSWomen.

“As a people and as a country, we can do more than we realise.”
View Sue’s ‘Love Letter’
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Jane Goodall

Jane is an outstanding British icon. An ethologist and anthropologist, Jane is considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees and has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She was pioneering during the 60s by venturing into the forests of Tanzania alone, and is still leading the way in her 80s using her global partnerships with amongst others Leonardo di Caprio on the welfare of Great Apes. Jane continues to inspire hundreds of thousands of young people to make our world a better place for all.

“A love letter celebrating the strength and resilience of the British people.”
View Jane’s ‘Love Letter’
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Nancy Harris

Nancy is a model, counsellor and amputee whose aim is to increase the representation of people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties in the media and fashion world.

Read about Nancy's positivity
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Nicola Adams

The first woman to win a boxing title at the 2012 Olympic Games and the first British boxer to successfully defend their title in 92 years. She has been named the most influential LGBTQ person in Britain.

“I'm very active when I go on holiday; I like to go snorkelling, scuba diving, white water rafting, surfing. Sitting still is not for me!”
Read about Nicola Adams
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Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman was the first-ever British astronaut to leave Earth. She pushed the boundaries of science and space travel after answering a radio advert that said ‘Astronaut wanted. No experience necessary’. Helen will be touring extensively in this, the 50th anniversary year of the first moon landings.

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The Kingdom Choir

Best known as the choir who sang at the wedding of HRH Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. A Christian gospel choir dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share. They have just released their debut album.

Travel notes with The Kingdom Choir
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Matilda Ramsay

This young chef has been on TV since the age of nine and already has her own cooking show and blog Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch. She has been nominated for Children's BAFTA three times and has inspired thousands of children to pick up a pinny and rolling pin.

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Paloma Faith

Known for her retro and eccentric style, Faith can turn her hand as a singer, songwriter and actress. From the moment she burst onto the music scene she has constantly pushed boundaries. Her first three albums have gone double-platinum, and the fourth, The Architect is heading the same way.

Read about Paloma's travels
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Sannah Hussain

Sannah is a Volunteer Coordinator within the Islamic Charity Sector. She is also a radio presenter and producer who has Albinism, is partially sighted and suffers from an incurable muscle weakening disease. Yet despite this, Sannah spends much of her life advocating for equality and inclusion for people with disabilities and illnesses, and those from ethnic minority communities.

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Aneeta Prem

Aneeta is an author, international human rights ambassador and founder of Freedom charity. Freedom works to prevent forced marriage, female genital mutilation, child abuse and modern-day slavery. Her hard work was instrumental in ensuring forced marriage became a criminal offence.

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John O’Doherty

John is the Director of The Rainbow Project, Northern Ireland's leading LGBTQ support and advocacy organisation. The Rainbow Project deals with physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of the LGBTQ community. John is also a key campaigner for equal marriage in Northern Ireland.

The solution always starts with a nice cup of tea
View John’s ‘Love Letter’
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David Nott

Dr Nott is the ‘Indiana Jones of Surgery’. Working in London as a general and vascular surgeon, Dr Nott has also worked in some of the world’s worst centres of conflict and disaster zones. He has won several humanitarian awards and the David Nott Foundation aims to improve the standards and practice of humanitarian surgery.

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Mary Berry

With a career spanning 50 years and over 80 books to her name, Mary Berry CBE is one of Britain’s hardest working and most loved chefs. Starting out as the cookery editor of Housewife magazine, television soon came calling with the launch of the Great British Bake Off. She has remained a firm fixture on our screens ever since.

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Ben Smith

Aged 30, Ben Smith decided to confront his mental health problems and began to run. As a bullied school kid, he turned his new-found passion into a charity fundraiser for mental health charities, running 401 marathons consecutively. Now founder of the 401 Foundation, he also campaigns for LGBT awareness.

Behind the scenes of Flight no. BA100

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