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   2nd edition on sale now                                 

A holiday in Brittany - Ar Karregenn - run by Peter Kenworthy
A break in Paris - The Terrace at 22 run by Brian Ferguson
Holiday in France - La Varache - run by Chris Hill
New Learning to Fly - A romantic comedy by Jane Lambert
Lavender Gifts and more, grown by Carol Hamblin
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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E-Mail: Dave Thaxter
Welcome to the June / July 2015 update
In Special Features we have AB Initios and staff traning photos
53 course photos over 4 galleries
Can you help with any of the missing names ?

In the Your Photos section we have 5 new galleries from
Hugh Cowan, Bill Ashpole, Fiona Cooper, Brian Robbins & Rick Siciliano

In Aircraft Galleries we have a new feature page:-  Vikings into Africa
The development of the Safari Services with photos

All main pages have New Indexes - online now

and don't forget the galleries in The Crewroom, Memorabilia and BCal Media too

Pauline Pratt (BCal Auntie) Details here
Dave Chalmers and Ray Evans Remembered

Reunion Diary   - 2 reunions - full details in the Diary
1965 Apprentice / Engineering - 19th Sept
2015 Flight Deck / Cabin Crew Reunion - 25th Sept
Click here to go to the 40th Anniversary Edition update
Hit Counter
BCal 707 G-AYEX at LGW
   Crew Room Updated
4th July 2015
Main Site Updated
1st June 2015
Next Main Site Update
1st August 2015
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