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One hundred years of British Airways: the Queen also celebrates them

The 93-year-old sovereign at Heathrow airport in a sky blue suit- VIDEO AND PHOTO

It was on August 25, 1919 when the first international commercial air service planned in the world took off at 9:10am from the large green area of Hounslow Heath, London, towards Paris-Le Bourget, piloted by EH "Bill" Lawford. The only passenger was a journalist who had paid the first British airline, Aircraft Transport and Travel, 20 guineas to get that privilege. The aircraft used was a De Havilland DH4A, G-EAJC registration, previously used in the military (in the photo attached to this news you can see the serial numbers of when the aircraft was in service at the Royal Air Force, RAF).

According to the chronicle that the journalist made of that first air connection, Lawford carried out the route following the path of the first railway line from the open cockpit, and then the ferries, flying at low altitude due to poor visibility, and then move to a maximum altitude of 4000 feet once in flight over France, taking two hours to travel 350 kilometers.

Aircraft Transport and Travel was the forerunner of the current British Airways (BA), the largest British carrier by fleet, flights and number of international destinations and the second by number of passengers transported after easyJet. BA will therefore turn 100 next August, and it is in the context of the celebrations already begun with the new year that the 93 year old Queen Elizabeth II went to Heathrow airport today to honor the airline and meet members of its staff in the airport. It was an official visit, the fourth institutional commitment in as many days for the 93-year-old sovereign, who for the occasion wore an appropriate and impeccable sky-blue dress.

In the video: the sovereign goes to the airport for the celebrations of BA's centenary:


Photo gallery De Havilland DH4A airplane, G-EAJC registration, used for the first international commercial first flight on August 25, 1919 from London to Paris with the Aircraft Transport and Travel carrier, forerunner of the British Airways of today
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