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Welcome to the British Airways Virtual IFC Thread

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Feel the British Flair in every Nautical Mile you Fly…

10,000+ flights flown. 55,000 hours. The world circumnavigated 600 times. 1,080 routes. And we’re not done yet. British Airways Virtual is one of the most established and groundbreaking Virtual Airlines within the Infinite Flight Community, breaking barriers since it’s certification two years ago, and even before then as “Speedbird VA”. With over 50 aircraft in our mainline and codeshare fleet, and routes stretching to every continent, the entire world has been opened up, and is ours for the flying. Over 200 Pilots, united together, as one, with the British Flair in every Nautical Mile we fly. We embody that spirit everywhere we grace, and make experiences and memories that will last a lifetime, indefinitely, all within Infinite Flight.

We have a strong history going back to our formation in September 2015 as Speedbird VA, and later when we took on the flag of British Airways and became BA Virtual. Although we are not officially affiliated with BA, we try our utmost to maintain the high real-life standards that BA offers its customers and its staff. Through the community we have formed, pulling together a mutual love for British Airways and Infinite Flight, we really do our utmost to represent British Airways in the IFC to the best of our ability. I hope that following your visit to our thread, you feel that BA Virtual is the right Virtual Airline for you and that very soon you join us in our mission 'to Fly to Serve’.

Since its formation, I have always wanted to see this VA succeed and I have no doubt under Matt’s leadership, we shall continue to grow!

Louis Donald
Founder of British Airways VA.

Welcome to the official British Airways Virtual Airlines thread. It is my honour to be leading the VA as President, having joined the VA over two years ago, for most of my time I have been part of the leadership team. I have seen the VA through the toughest of times, this has been made possible by the friendliness of the team.

No matter if this is your first VA or your fifth you will immediately feel welcome here. I hope you enjoy reading the thread and look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.

Matt Elphick
President of British Airways Virtual

We are a community, a family and a safe place to practice our mutual love for British Airways, Infinite Flight and aviation as a whole.

We currently have over 200 active pilots and over 1,800 different routes available to fly with our Mainline and Codeshare fleet consisting of over 50 different aircraft. Thanks to our strong community spirit, we continue to grow and our success continues to spread around the IFC. We host events both on the IFC and Internally frequently, and are one of the most, if not the most active and well established Virtual Airline within Infinite Flight.

Leadership positions are very popular and everyone who works hard within the team is in turn recognised, developed and rewarded.

Below you can see our staff members who are continually focused on providing the best for our members.

Senior Leadership

M. Elphick | @Matt | President

N. Petranek | @Nichalas_Petranek | Deputy President

CJ. Houghton | @CJHoughton | Deputy President

A. Williams | @Adam_Williams | Deputy President

B. Tyson | @BenTyson | Chief of Staff

Middle Leadership

Boodz G. | @Boodz_G | Recruitment Manager

Thomas Ralph | @ThomasR | Recruitment Assistant

Dan | @Kirito_77 | IT Manager

Kevin Potthast | @Kevin_Potthast | HR Manager

Colin Sepos | @Ameru187 | HR Officer

Liam Smart | @Liam_Smart | Co - Events Manager

Miles Snowdon | @21cabbage | Co - Events Manager

Harry Xu | @Hazza68 | Co-Flight Supervisor

Darragh O’Donoghue | @Darragh_ODonoghue | Co-Flight Supervisor

There is a number of things we can offer you as one of the leading VA’s within the IFC, one of which is our exceptional leadership team. Our Recruitment department, who will be your first point of contact when you apply, Flight Supervisors to help you with any issues with flying your aircraft, Human Resources that have been working hard to bring new and exciting routes for us. Although we have those departments, our members form quite a substantial knowledge base. A fantastic group of IFATC qualified members, members who have a great knowledge of the airports and hubs we have as a VA and some phenomenal photo editors. We are a really well rounded VA and would love for more people to come and join our team.

We have over 50 aircraft within our fleet, 1,800 routes to choose from spanning almost every continent, we host regular events both on the IFC and internally, and host over 200 pilots already within our Virtual Airline.

We have our own dedicated system for PiRep filing and Flight Monitoring, and will shortly be releasing a new PiRep system which is attached to our new website.

Entry Requirements
  1. Grade 3 or above within Infinite Flight
  2. Possession of a valid Infinite Flight Community Account
  3. Possession of an active Infinite Flight Pro Subscription

We’d love to have you flying alongside us in the very near future! Here’s a step-by-step guide of the Welcome & Joining Process.

  • Upon completion of the initial application form, you will be messaged on the Infinite Flight Community by our recruitment team, with a link to a written test. You are advised to check the #tutorials category on the IFC for a bit of ‘revision’ before undertaking the test.

  • If a test result of 11/15 or higher is obtained, you will be invited via email to our slack forum, where you will be contacted by our welcome team and receive the warmest of BAVA welcomes.

  • Don’t worry if you don’t pass first time. If you don’t, we will message you in 7 days and you may re-take the test. After that, you will have to wait one month to take the test again.

Interested in joining? We can’t wait to have you! You can apply via our website or head directly to our application form.

Number of Aircraft in Fleet: 62

Our Fleet is one of, if not the most extensive within Infinite Flight. There’s something for everyone, and it is ever increasing with the release of new codeshare routes and expansions to British Airways’ Destination list.

Our Mainline Fleet
Rank One

The Embraer 190 is the backbone of British Airways’ main subsidiaries fleet. BACityFlyer operate 16 E190s which fly to many short-haul destinations within Europe and beyond, from their hubs in London City, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Dublin and London Stansted.

Airbus A319-100
Our A319 Fleet is a part of the backbone of short-haul aircraft that British Airways use at their Heathrow and Gatwick hubs, with routes stretching to Cyprus and Northern Africa.

Canadair Regional Jet 700
One of the newest additions to the Infinite Flight Fleet, the CRJ700 was operated by Maersk Air UK up until 2003. It operated out of Birmingham Airport to domestic and European Destinations under a British Airways Franchise Agreement.

Rank Two

The Airbus A320 is the mainstay of British Airways’ short to medium haul fleet. Again, operating out of London Heathrow and London Gatwick to many international and domestic locations.

Rank Three

The Airbus A321, being the largest of the A32X series of aircraft, expands the routes you can fly even further. Explore the middle east and even further afield!

The Comair Boeing 737-800 is one of the freshest aircraft within Infinite Flight, livery wise. Fly this beauty with its astounding split scimitar winglets around South Africa and beyond with Comair, a franchisee of British Airways.

Rank Four

British Airways B767-300
The recently retired British Airways B763 currently remains within our fleet, as a homage to the beauty and versatility of the aircraft. The 767 serves British Airways’ most in-demand routes around Europe, and OpenSkies also operated the B767-300 on its daily service to New York Newark Airport, from Paris Orly.

OpenSkies B757-200
OpenSkies, a fully owned former subsidiary of British Airways operated two B757s originally from BAs main fleet on its route between Paris Orly and New York John F Kennedy Airport. A firm favourite route with our pilots.

The retro McDonnell Douglas DC-10 can be operated from London Gatwick to countless international destinations worldwide. A true globe hopper, destinations include San Diego and Colombo.

Rank Five

At Rank 5, you gain access to the backbone of British Airways’ long-haul fleet, the Boeing 777-200ER and B777-300ER. Carrying you as far as Sydney, Australia and Lima, Peru, the routes available to fly with the B777 are almost endless…

Rank Six

British Airways’ fleet is changing, as a new era of high range, highly efficient commercial airliners take hold. The Boeing 787 is the epitome of this, with British Airways currently having 30 in their fleet. You can fly the B789 and B78X on 25 routes worldwide.

Rank Seven

Quite possibly the most iconic airliner in history, the Boeing 747-400 is still an integral part of British Airways’ long-haul fleet. Operating to 22 destinations around the world and being in British Airways’ Fleet since 1989, the “Queen of the Skies” is a firm favourite within our Virtual Airline.

Rank Eight

Airbus A380-800
Undeniably the largest aircraft within the British Airways fleet, this super jumbo operates our most in-demand routes, to destinations such as Los Angeles, Boston, Singapore and Johannesburg, with a maximum capacity of 469 passengers.

The Airbus A318-100 is the most exclusive aircraft within our Virtual Airline. Operating only one route, LCY - SNN - JFK and the return as JFK - LCY, in a 32-seat full business class configuration. This route takes over from Concorde’s route with the callsign “Speedbird 1”.

Our Codeshare Fleet

All of our codeshares are real-world codeshare agreements with British Airways. This gives a vast expanse of routes available for our pilots to fly.

Aer Lingus
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
A320-200 45
A321-200 4
B757-200 (Generic) 3
A330-300 (Generic) 9
American Airlines
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
CRJ (All Variants) 145
A320-200 15
B737-800 98
A321-200 43
B757-200 4
B767-300 24
B777 (All Variants) 15
B787-9 1
Bangkok Airways
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
B717-200 8
Cathay Pacific
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
A330-300 6
B777-300ER 4
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
A321-200 15
A330-300 (Generic) 7
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
CRJ-1000 6
A321-200 4
A330-300 (Generic) 16
A340-600 (Generic) 4

At Rank Eight, the Boeing 747-200 may be flown as a replacement to the Generic Liveries on LongHaul Routes.

Japan Airlines
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
CRJ-200 12
B737-800 9
B777-200ER 7
B787-9 2
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
A319-100 12
A320-200 12
B787-9 1
B787-9 2
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
DH8D 2
B717-200 5
B737-800 12
B787-9 5
Qatar Airways
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
A319-100 13
A321-200 14
B787-8 19
A340-600 1
B777-300ER 8
B777-200LR 1
A380-800 4
S7 Airlines
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
A319-100 11
Aircraft Number of Routes Available with Aircraft
A320-200 8

Want to feast your eyes on more eye opening statistics? Thought so! Here’s some for you!

Our CrewCenter gives us a fantastic insight into our most popular destinations, aircraft, and how much and how far we’ve flown!

British Airways Virtual Statistics

Total Miles Flown: 14,900,000

Did You Know?

That’s over 572 times around the Earth’s equator!

Total Hours Flown: 59,255

Did You Know?

That’s over 6 years of collective flight time!

Total No. of Flights Flown: 9,578

Did You Know?

That equates to one flight a day for approximately 26 years!

Number of Flights Last Month: 1062 Flights Flown throughout November 2018

Previous Months
Month No. Flights
October 2018 888
September 2018 621
August 2018 842
July 2018 1098
June 2018 989
May 2018 674
April 2018 387
March 2018 569
February 2018 541
January 2018 573
Oct - Dec 2017 1228

Number of Active Flight Schedules: 1080

Did You Know?

Flying one flight a day, it would take a pilot almost 3 years to fly every route in our database!

Busiest Hub: London Heathrow (EGLL)

Top Three Hubs
Position Airport
1. London Heathrow (EGLL)
2. London Gatwick (EGKK)
3. London City (EGLC)

These are British Airways’ Three Main Hubs.

Most Used Aircraft: Airbus A319 (British Airways)

Most Flown Route: BA1 (EGLC - KJFK) (Flown 220 Times)

Number of Active Pilots: 243

Stats Last Updated 042200ZDEC18

The OneWorld Virtual Alliance

The OneWorld Virtual Alliance

OneWorld is an airline alliance founded on 1 February 1999. The alliance’s stated objective is to be the first choice airline alliance for the world’s frequent international travellers. It was founded by 5 different companies; American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Canadian Airlines.

Currently, OneWorld currently has 13 different airlines; American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, SriLankan Airlines.

Within the IFC, we like to try and keep to realism as close as possible and jointly we have created a OneWorld Virtual Alliance with our other VA partners to allow all of our pilots to have access to an extensive range of routes to enjoy! Click here to head over to the OneWorld Virtual Alliance thread.

Keep an eye on our OneWorld thread as we release more information on routes, events and more exciting things!

The ATC Education Group

Representatives: @Trio
British Airways Virtual has teamed up with the ATC Education Group to provide further training opportunities for aspiring Infinite Flight Air Traffic Controllers. We frequently host events on the training server with full ATC services provided by members of the ATC Education Group. If you’d like to find out more about what they do, you can here.

Infinite Flight Aviation Experts & Global Air Forces

Our connection with IFAE and GAF is extensive and deep, and has been since the start of the year. We host joint events frequently, alternating between Europe and the Americas. We also have a route sharing agreement in place, and a whole lot more!

Here at BA Virtual, we use an application called Slack. It’s a great way in which our members from all over the world can have a chat to get to know each other, share stories and even plan a group flight. For the staff members, we use it to keep everyone informed about things going on in the VA community; large events new features and routes.

We have regular posts on our website for new and exciting features and a calendar set up for our upcoming events!

Further information is available on our website or on direct request.

Here’s a few handy ways of keeping in touch with us and keeping up to date with what’s going on!

Social Media:



Other Methods:

Email: (You can find personal emails for our team in our “Staff” section)
Infinite Flight Community: @BritishAirwaysVA

Continue to monitor our thread for further updates about our amazing Virtual Airline!

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Thread details

This thread has been created by the Senior Leadership Team and will be monitored regularly.

The safeguarding of young and/or vulnerable people and our members

The President and by extension, the staff of BA Virtual take its responsibility to safeguard our members from online bullying, sexual exploitation, extremism and those with mental health issues very seriously. We will actively support, guide and direct those whom we believe are at risk or require assistance to a suitable external agency based in their home country. We have UK DBS (formally known as CRB, more info here) cleared staff who can assist our members; Your privacy and safety are always our priority.

For further information or to report a concern, our safeguarding leads are Mr Matt Elphick, Mr CJ Houghton and Mr Adam Williams.

Corporate Information

Mr M. Elphick, the president and owner of BA Virtual, supports the below legislative statement. Any concerns or questions are to be addressed in writing to @Matt within the IFC.


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You guys are just incredible with your work. Best of luck to the amazing future of this highly commendable VA!


Proud to be a Pilot for this Amazing VA!


BAVA is Turning Two!

With over 49,000 flight hours logged, and 250+ pilots within our Virtual Airline, BAVA has definitely made a substantial impact on the Infinite Flight Community.

To celebrate this momentous occasion of our second anniversary, the BAVA events team have set up a day packed full of events to showcase what makes BAVA so special. Come and join us! More information can be found below, we’d love to see you there. Come out and represent our Red, White and Blue in the skies of Infinite Flight!

We’re so proud to be hosting a BAVA FNF This Friday!

All BAVA Pilots will receive TRIPLE time for all routes flown into and out of our Heathrow Hub, and be on the lookout for some flash flights!

All BAVA pilots who attend any BAVA event during the day on Saturday will receive triple flight time!

Our Virtual Airline is now hosting an Open Recruitment Day through to Saturday 17th November! Come and Join Us!*

During this time, any pilot who applies to join BAVA will be able to join without taking any formal entry tests. What better way to celebrate the anniversary of our Virtual Airline than by opening it up to the wider Infinite Flight Community?

*Grade 3 entry requirements still apply

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Very professional va, best of luck to your future.


Love you guys 🥰 proud to call y’all my virtual colleagues!


Very happy to be a pilot at BAVA guys! Keep up the good work!❤️


Incredible work! Good luck for the future and keep up the amazing work!


I feel really proud flying for this VA. You guys are amazing 💙


Well congratulations to everyone at BAVA!! This upcoming FNF I will happily be flying in a BA livery, cheers!


Thank You to Everyone who Took Part in this Weekends Activities!

Not only did we have our very own FNF, where BAVA descended en masse into Heathrow, creating delays of over two hours, but we also held events to Singapore alongside SVA, we drew our famous Speedmarque in the skies of Britain, held a formation flight around the skies of the United Kingdom, and attended the IFVARB summit with over 200 aircraft in attendance! What a weekend!

Weekend Stats:

PiReps Filed: 121 (from Friday to Sunday 1229Z)

Pilots Recruited: 31 - bringing our total pilot count to an astounding 315!

Thank You to everyone who took part in our events, and celebrated our second anniversary, two years of British Airways VA being the leading light in the Virtual Airline Community, providing an amazing community for all people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life to share their passion for aviation. Here’s to the next two years, and beyond!..

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this has been an amazing Weekend of Events, got Nothing but appreciation for the Team that puts in all this effort


Our Website is currently offline for some scheduled maintenance, as we improve our IT systems.

If you’re still eager to join in the meantime, you can find our application form here:

Application Form

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Another Day, another HUGE event flight!

British Airways Virtual celebrated the commencement of our new Route and Event partnership with Infinite Flight Aviation Experts with a huge flight to Barcelona from Heathrow! We managed to fill a whole terminal at Barcelona, and even managed to grab a few pictures on the way!

Here’s to more events like this in the near future!


Hello guys, glad to see BAVA got bigger since I left exactly a year ago.
Back then my phone got stolen so I couldn’t let you know that I wasn’t able to continue flying and lost Google Account with my membership. Work at the airport is keeping me busy but finally after a year I would like to apply again but apparently the link for recruitment is down.
What can I do?


Hello Alex!

Sorry to hear that has happened to you. We’re happy to see that you’d like to rejoin us! Here’s a link to our Application Form.

We will try to get back to you in the shortest time!

Boodz G,
Head of Recruitment


You guys have routes to Antarctica?


You’d be surprised, we offer a nonstop daily service from Heathrow!

Ok, maybe not Antarctica. But some pretty close to Antarctica. I thought I specified every continent except Antarctica, but I obviously forgot that bit.


Those ice runways are great for heavies!🤣


We’ve been working hard on new updates and we are excited to share them all with you!

Welcome to our updated IFC Thread! Pretty, right? We think so at least!

Here you can find a wealth of information about our virtual airline, and much more - it looks nice too!

We’re extremely proud to share with you our new and improved website!

There will be more implementations and improvements coming to our website soon. Keep an eye out!

Welcome, ZS-ZWG to the BAVA Fleet!

With the latest Infinite Flight 18.6 release, the beautiful Comair Boeing 737-800 has joined our fleet! We can’t get over those split scimitar winglets… This aircraft serves South Africa and beyond as a Comair aircraft. Comair is a franchisee of the British Airways Brand. Keep an eye out on our thread for an Infinite Flight Community Event involving this brand new beauty very soon!

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