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British Airways Celebrates 70 Years of Service to Chicago

Celebrating 70 years of service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, British Airways is adding a third daily service, and is enhancing the guest experience.  Departures at ORD have moved from T5 to T3, offering eligible customers access to American Airlines lounges. 

British Airways Celebrates 70 Years of Service Between London and Chicago - Courtesy British Airways

On Thursday (April 24, 2024), British Airways celebrated 70 years of service between London Heathrow (LHR) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).  Marking the occasion, the carrier has added a third daily London-Chicago frequency, and is also enhancing the customer experience.  All British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus departures in Chicago have moved from Terminal 5 to Terminal 3, offering eligible guests access to American Airlines’ lounges. 

In Thursday’s announcement, British Airways’ Chief Planning and Strategy Officer, Neil Chernoff, said,

“Having flown to Chicago for 70 years we are constantly looking to further improve our service.  The introduction of our third daily service to London, and moving our departures to Terminal 3 alongside our Atlantic Joint Business partners, underscores our commitment to providing unparalleled service and convenience to our valued customers in Chicago.”

The terminal relocation will offer British Airways’ customers an enhanced travel experience with dedicated check-in desks and seamless connections across American Airlines’ network.  As mentioned, eligible travelers will be able to enjoy premium lounges, including the American Airlines Flagship® Lounge and Admirals Club® lounges.  The carrier’s arrivals service will continue to operate in Terminal 5.

British Airways' Regional Airport Manager - ORD, Maureen McLafferty - Courtesy British Airways

In addition to commemorating seven decades of service to  Chicago, British Airways is also celebrating the remarkable career of Regional Airport Manager Maureen McLafferty, who has served the carrier for 40 years in Chicago.


Commenting on the milestone 70th anniversary of Chicago-London service, Ms. McLafferty, said,


“What an exciting way to mark our 70th year of flying to Chicago, and my fourth decade of working at British Airways, with the addition of a third daily flight and a move to this new home at O’Hare International Airport.  We can’t wait for our customers to experience the benefits of this new terminal and the convenience of our co-location with American Airlines.”

British Airways has offered service between London Heathrow and Chicago O’Hare International Airport since 1954.  For summer 2024, the carrier will operate three daily flights on the route with their state-of-the-art Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner aircraft.


Source: British Airways


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