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
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
Copyright 1998 - 2016 by Dave Thaxter
All Rights reserved
E-Mail: Dave Thaxter
Welcome to the August 2016 update
In the Your Photos section we have new galleries from
Ian Barber, Lisa Ewing and Phil Rawlings

In Special Features we have a new feature
1958 - Transair's Gatwick
The construction of Transair's new base and also photos of
the first aircraft in service to use the new airport.

In Memorabilia we have a new page
Portrait of an Independent Airline
A super promotional brochure sent in by Keith Ambridge

And don't forget to check out BCal Media and Aircraft Galleries too

The Crewroom -  Can you help with any missing email addresses please?

Sylvia Pannel, Rod Hoare and Captain Bill Cumbus  remembered 

Reunion Diary - 3 Reunions coming


New BCal & BA Retired Engineers Summer BBQ - 3rd Sept
BUA Cabin Crew - 1966 - 50 Year anniversary - 9th Sept - Info Updated 1st Aug
Ticket Info updated (29 July) - Flight Deck / Cabin Crew 2016 - 30th Sept
Click here to go to the 40th Anniversary Edition update
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Crew Room Updated
16th August 2016
Main Site Updated
1st August 2016
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1st September 2016
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