The flag carrier of the United Kingdom - British Airways - is one of the leading airlines in the world, with its main hub being the London Heathrow Airport. One of the founding members of the One-world alliance of global airlines, it came into existence with the dissolution of British European Airways and British Overseas Airways Corporation in 1974. Since then, it has grown rapidly increasing its network across the globe courtesy is global alliances and code-share agreements. With the advent of international low-cost carriers (LCCs) offering cheapest air tickets international, the airline saw competition; however, with its excellent services and facilities, it has been able to keep its market share intact and still is a popular choice for travellers from across the globe.