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British South American Airways

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March 1947.

British South American Airways (BSAA)

1945 November: The government announced plans for post-war air services which would be provided by three state corporations: BOAC to continue to operate routes to the Empire, Far East and North America, British European Airways (BEA) to operate services to Europe and domestically within the United Kingdom, and British South American Airways (BSAA) to operate new services to South America and the Caribbean.

1946 1 January: BSAA operated the first international departure from Heathrow on 1 January when an Avro Lancastrian, carrying 13 staff passengers, left on a proving flight to Buenos Aires.

31 May: Heathrow officially opened as the new London Airport to replace the old Croydon grass airfield.

1949 30 July: British South American Airways merged with BOAC.

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Sources of Information

  • History of BA [1]