British Airways celebrate centenary year with exclusive new behind-the-scenes documentary

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Giving passengers an all-access pass…

British Airways is giving passengers a behind-the-scenes look at the popular airline to celebrate its centenary year.

The four-part series, British Airways 24/7: Access All Areas, will air on Channel 5 and will offer an unprecedented look into the daily operations at the airline.

The documentary will be narrated by Cold Feet star James Nesbitt, and includes plenty of highlights including a visit from the Queen, a sneak peek inside the Boeing factory in Seattle, and the overhaul of a Boeing 777 aircraft at the airline's engineering base in Cardiff.

The filming crew was also on hand at London Heathrow to capture the arrival of the airline's first A350 aircraft .

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Speaking about the upcoming series, British Airways Chairman and CEO Alex Cruz said: "It's fantastic that Channel 5 has been able to capture key moments in British Airways' one hundredth year.

“The series opens the doors of our aircraft, engineering hangars and even boardroom, like never before, giving viewers a rare insight into the drive for transformation that informs everything we do, the investments we're making for our customers and, most importantly, shines a light on the people who work day and night to keep our hugely complex global operation running, to bring Britain to the world and the world to Britain."

The series will also follow the airline as they open new routes, try out new meals during the flights, and maintain aircrafts.

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Speaking about purchasing a new aircraft for the airline, aircraft delivery manager Gavin Shearer said: "Buying a new car is stressful enough. Buying a new aircraft is a bit like that, but a lot more expensive and a lot more complicated.

“It really is an enormous privilege to be in charge of delivering these incredible, modern planes for British Airways, but I’m just one small part of a huge team responsible for making sure the aircraft is ready to enter service for our customers in just a few days."

The first episode of British Airways 24/7: Access All Areas will air on Channel 5 on Thursday 5th September at 9pm .

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