Willie Walsh, International Airlines Group

Willie Walsh

Airline Profile: British Airways

British Airways (BA) is the flag carrier operating services to over 140 destinations worldwide. Services with franchise and code shares partners serve over 300 destinations. A founding member of the oneworld alliance, which offers connections to more than 600 destinations.

On 29 July 2008 British Airways and Iberia announced they were negotiating for a potential all-share merger between the two carriers.

On 2 December 2008 BA announced the intention to enter into talks Qantas a view to a possible merger, which would be by means of a dual-listed company. On 18 December 2008 the carriers announced that merger talks had been abandoned after failing to come to an agreement over the key terms of the merger.

On 24 January International Airlines Group, the merged parent holding group of the British Airways and Iberia, was formally launched and began trading on the London and Madrid stock exchanges.

In Pictures: British Airways