British Airways was established in 1974 by the British government, when the British Overseas Airways Corporation and the British European Airways Corporation merged. Both of them were nationalised airline corporations and now British Airways is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom. In addition, it is the largest airline due to its fleet size and international flights and destinations.
In 2010 the Spanish airline Iberia and the British one British Airways merged. Together they formed one of the largest airlines in the world: the International Airlines Group.
Nowadays, British Airways has a fleet of almost 300 aircrafts and around 170 destinations. The company's Chairman and CEO is Keith Williams.