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Queen Elizabeth marks 100 years of British Airways

Reuters

Queen Elizabeth saw the ticket from her first long-haul flight after her coronation when she visited British Airways’ Heathrow headquarters on Thursday to mark the airline’s centenary.

The ticket was for a trip to Jamaica with her husband, Philip, in November 1953. “Name of passenger: HM Queen Elizabeth II” it read, specifying that the trip would be from London to Montego Bay.

Staff dressed in various British Airways uniforms from the 1930s to the present day greeted the Queen as she was shown highlights from the airline’s history.

Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited (AT&T), a forerunner of British Airways, started the world’s first daily international scheduled air service between London and Paris on Aug. 25 1919.

Several mergers later, British Airways was founded in 1974, and privatized in 1987. It is now part of International Airlines Group, created by the merger of British Airways and Iberia in 2011.

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