Photos & Video: British Airways 80th Anniversary

May 5, 2017

With 2017 marking the 80th anniversary of British Airways service to the Bermuda, the airline held a celebration yesterday [May 4] in order to commemorate the event.

With Premier Michael Dunkley, Governor John Rankin and others in attendance, the event included speeches, a fashion show highlighting the airline’s staff uniforms over the years, and more.

The first commercial flight leaving the island was on June 16, 1937; it was the “Cavalier” flying boat of Imperial Airways, which was the forerunner of British Airways.


That flight took off from the airport on Darrell’s Island with 14 passengers, touching down five hours and forty five minutes later in Port Washington, New York.

This route was run in co-ordination with the former Pan American Airways; as Pan American no longer operating, British Airways remains the longest serving airline in the island’s history.

37-minute live video replay showing the BA’s 80th Anniversary celebration:

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  1. Joseph Kopec says:

    hi every one con grats on your 80 yr..i was a member of boac 1948 when the first land planes landed at kindley field an shared a terminal with the american air force…..after visiting montreal several times….an married a girl from the isle de madeline in montreal returned to montreal an worked in montreal; for 25 yrs until retirement in flight operations…..3 yrs in bermuda an 25 in montreal…..28 yrs of a wonderful airline….all the best happy flying….joe kopec montreal …

  2. Villeroy says:

    Why wasn’t this made a public/ticket event? There are a lot of us for whom BA is a real tie to home.

  3. Bdaluv says:

    80 years of monopoly on bermuda and overpriced tickets smh.