Denise Van Outen helps British Airways celebrate its 40th Anniversary

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We can trace our history back to 1919, but we only became British Airways in April 1974 following the merger of BOAC and BEA.

So we thought we’d celebrate turning forty in some glamorous company.

Take a look at what Denise van Outen thinks about turning forty with us and some great archive footage of our heritage.