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British Airways

British European Airways (BEA) and British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) were combined in the mid-Super70s to form British Airways. The resulting nationalized airline was privatized in the mid-Awesome80s.

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G-BFCD - a British Airways L-1011 seen at the Farnborough Air Show in 1980.

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A number of BEA Trident 3s at Heathrow, September 1978.

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Airline: British Airways

AKA: BOAC, BEA, British Air

Location: UK


Status: Still flying

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