BEA British European Airways 1971 Operations – 25th Anniversary Film

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BEA British European Airways was the UK’s State owned domestic and medium haul airline until it merged with BOAC to form British Airways in 1973.

This promotional film was produced to celebrate BEA’s 25th Silver Anniversary in 1971, and highlight the airline’s accomplishments and operations during that year. BEA and associated airlines operated an all British built fleet of airliners including the Vickers Viscount and Vanguard, the BAC One Eleven, the Hawker Siddeley Trident and of course the De Havilland Comet 4.

The latest and greatest airliner in the BEA fleet in 1971 was the Trident 3 with its impressive CAT III autoland capability. Famous British Test Pilot John Cunningham appears in this film to explain the capabilities of the Trident 3.

Although the Trident 3 gets most of the screen time in this all colour film, we also get glimpses of BEA Comet and Vanguard aircraft. The films touches on every aspect of the airline’s operation from pilot and flight attendant training, cabin services, reservations, to maintenance, and winter operations, filmed at a snowy Zurich Kloten airport.

All in all, this film is a fabulous snapshot time capsule look back at a great British airline during its heyday.BEA British European Airways was the UK’s State owned domestic and medium haul airline until it merged with BOAC to form British Airways in 1973.

This promotional film was produced to celebrate BEA’s 25th Silver Anniversary in 1971, and highlight the airline’s accomplishments and operations during that year. BEA and associated airlines operated an all British built fleet of airliners including the Vickers Viscount and Vanguard, the BAC One Eleven, the Hawker Siddeley Trident and of course the De Havilland Comet 4.

The latest and greatest airliner in the BEA fleet in 1971 was the Trident 3 with its impressive CAT III autoland capability. Famous British Test Pilot John Cunningham appears in this film to explain the capabilities of the Trident 3.

Although the Trident 3 gets most of the screen time in this all colour film, we also get glimpses of BEA Comet and Vanguard aircraft. The films touches on every aspect of the airline’s operation from pilot and flight attendant training, cabin services, reservations, to maintenance, and winter operations, filmed at a snowy Zurich Kloten airport.

All in all, this film is a fabulous snapshot time capsule look back at a great British airline during its heyday.Sign Up with JetFlix TV for month to month streaming access

8 Responses to “BEA British European Airways 1971 Operations – 25th Anniversary Film”

  1. <path_to_url> Dieter Brueckner

    Lovely film.
    While I remember seeing all of the types in the film at various airports,
    the only BEA flights I experienced as a passenger were on Vickers Vikings, between London and Switzerland, including a snowy takeoff from Zürich in February 1952. I was 5 at the time.
    Dieter Brueckner

    • <path_to_url> Henry Tenby

      That is fantastic Dieter!!! What a great memory you have. At the same age I was flying Air Canada Viscounts, Vanguards and DC-8s in the late 60s and early 70s.

  2. <path_to_url> James Popowich

    Great film. I didn’t know that CAT3 capabilities were around as early as 1971. Learned something new there. Thanks, Henry.

    • <path_to_url> Henry Tenby

      Thank you James! It is amazing technology they had back then. On a par with GPS technology which came 2 decades later. The Brits know their aircraft and avionics design. We let’s put it this way: They sure used to!

  3. <path_to_url> Steve gilks

    HI,I AM UNABLE TO WATCH BEA British European Airways 1971 Operations – 25th Anniversary Film,ALL I GET IS VIDEO VIEWABLE TO JETFLIX MEMBERS ONLY….

    • <path_to_url> Henry Tenby

      Hi Steve, there was in fact a glitch with your account that I have now resolved. So I am confident it will work for you if you try again to try this video. My apologies, and thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  4. <path_to_url> Peter David Hall

    Superb film. I can remember times like these. I have lived all my life living within just a few miles of Heathrow and this has been very nostalgic for me. Lots more of the same please. Jetflix is a fantastic service. I have been totally engrosed in the world of aviation for more years than I care to thinks about. Many congratulations for a service that has given me a lot of pleasure during lockdown here in the UK.

    • <path_to_url> Henry Tenby

      Thank you for the kind comments Peter and I am thrilled you enjoyed this film. Yes we have a lot more to release in the coming months so please stay tuned, as they say. Although I am Canadian I love British airlines and the world of BOAC and BEA and Heathrow airport in the 1960s are major points of interest to me. For this film, they boast of their latest and greatest aeroplane, which happened to be the Trident. It is almost sad that the Viscount and Vanguard and Comet get almost no mention at all. Almost like they are the ugly cousins or disgraced family members that are kept out of the limelight so that only the most beautiful family member is presented to the public. This film is still bursting with early 1970s Heathrow nostalgia so it gets a 10 out of 10 in my books too!

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