A special welcome message from Alastair Pugh

For most of us, BCAL quite simply represents some of the best years of our professional lives. It was an extraordinary airline, powered to wide acclaim in its day by an extraordinary team of people.  Memories of BCAL are enduring and remain a source of inspiration.

It was a true privilege for me to help lead such a remarkable enterprise and I have much pleasure in welcoming you to this web site, British Caledonian - A Tribute.

It commemorates not only our achievements but also the abiding friendships which were forged within the BCAL family. It is a tribute to us all that, even after so many years, the name British Caledonian still commands widespread respect within the industry and is recalled with affection by so many who flew with us.

As our late Chairman, Sir Adam Thomson, wrote: so long as former BCAL people are employed in aviation and hand down their legacy to others, so long as our former customers demand the level of personal service and value for money we strove to provide and so long as aspiring airlines battle to open new markets, BCAL lives on.

You bet it does!

Alastair Pugh
Former Managing Director and Executive Vice-Chairman.
British Caledonian Airways.

Welcome to the home of British Caledonian Airways

The History of British Caledonian Airways  by Dave Thaxter
My Date with Destiny by Eunice Musgrave

Flying to the Sun
by Charles Woodley
Supermarine Seafire XVII to Douglas DC10
by Ronald Williams
Learning to Fly - A romantic comedy by Jane Lambert
Silver City Airways - Pioneers of the Skies by Keith Dagwell
Da Nang Bound by Frank Skilbeck
Caledonian 108 by Charles Powell
Gourmet & Glamour by George Banks
Before There Were Trolley Dollies by Angela Waller
In-Flight Confidential by Richard Havers

Website Links
BA Retired Staff Association
The Gatwick branch has many former BCal staff
and the RSA has useful pension & travel info too
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Welcome to the May 2017 update

In the Your Photos section we have new galleries from
Sonia Afriat and Lynne Wilson

In Special Features we have
Famous Passengers and Aquila & Churchill

In Memorabilia we have a new gallery
BCal Round-The-World Brochures

and please pop in and have a look at
BCal Media, Aircraft Galleries, Crewroom Guestbook

The Light Aircraft Project : G-RECW

Mike Cusack and Alan Lock Remembered

Jenny Holland's Wingwalk - 23rd July 2017 

Reunion Diary 
Retired Engineers Summer BBQ - June 2017
Reservations & CRC Staff Gathering - August 2017
Flight & Cabin Crew Reunion - Sept 2017
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Crew Room Updated
24th May 2017
Main Site Updated
1st May 2017
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1st June 2017
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