Historic Flights

BAVirtual celebrates our real-world counterpart’s rich history by offering members the opportunity to fly historic aircraft on historic routes. The options available span from BOAC to Landor, so you can take a step back in time and experience the exciting past of British aviation from the comfort of your own home. Whether it be propeller-turbined aircraft or the earliest of passenger jets, you can relive a slice of history at any time.

The heritage we celebrate
& love

Our real-world counterpart has been a part of civil aviation since it was conceived in the early 1900s. You can trace their first commercial flight back to 1919, where Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T) began the world’s first scheduled flight from London to Paris. In 1924, Imperial Airways was formed by joining multiple British aviation companies together, and they pioneered routes all over Europe, Africa and India as the governments chosen airline.

Over the next 5 decades, British aviation evolved alongside the innovations of the aviation industry as a whole. The formation of state owned British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) & British European Airways (BEA) are the most noteworthy events. These airlines broke many firsts in aviation and created routes worldwide, changing the way the British public travelled both for pleasure and business.

In 1974, the British government completed a 3-year initiative to merge the above airlines into one, thus forming British Airways. The airline soon became a world phenomenon, when in 1976 they adopted the Concorde, offering supersonic flights.

By 1988, the airline’s image had gone through a visual re-design by Landor Associates and created a home at Heathrow Terminal 4. It was privatised under the leadership of Chairman Lord King, and had acquired the Gatwick based British Caledonian Airways. These changes paved the way for the BA brand we know and love.

In the late 1990s, British Airways started to become the airline it is today. The Chatham Dockyard livery (initially incorporating designs from around the world on the tail) was introduced. A fleet of Airbus A320 family aircraft were added for short haul operations, a trend that is still active today. In the early 2000’s, the modern aircraft we now know all so well were added to the fleet. Boeing 777’s, 787’s and Airbus A380’s. After 100 years of rich history, BA has become an airline to be respected, idolised and loved.

Historic aircraft available

ATR 42-212 (CFE)
ATR 72-212 (CFE)
Avro RJ100
Avro RJ85
BAC One-Eleven
BAe 146-100
BAe 146-200
BAe 146-300
Boeing 707-320
Boeing 737-200
Boeing 737-300
Boeing 737-400
Boeing 747-200
Boeing 747-400

Boeing 747-400F
Boeing 747-800F
Boeing 757-200
Boeing 767-300
Bristol 175 Britannia
British Aerospace ATP

de Havilland Comet
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
Hawker Siddeley HS 121 Trident
Hawker Siddeley HS 748
Lockheed L-1011 Tristar
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
Saab 2000
Short 360
Vickers VC-10
Vickers Viscount 800

Routes of the past

We offer a vast option of routes for you to explore the foundations of today’s fleet and network. Below are three examples of historic route netowkrs, although we offer a total of 9 for our members to explore.



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