British Airways, part of International Airlines Group, is one of the world's leading global premium airlines and the largest international carrier in the UK.

The carrier has its home base at London Heathrow, the world's busiest international airport, and flies to more than 170 destinations in 70 countries. British Airways has a fleet of more than 280 aircraft, including the A380 and 787.

The airline carries more than 40 million customers a year. The benefits of booking with British Airways include:

• Inclusive fares

• Free food and drinks on all flights

• Free seat selection within 24 hours of departure

• No charge to check-in • Flights to mainstream airports

• A generous free baggage allowance,or, on European routes, customers can choose to book a hand baggage only fare

British Airways currently has approximately 40,000 employees including 15,000 cabin crew, 3,600 pilots and 5,500 engineers. British Airways celebrated its 90th anniversary on 25 August, 2009.