Posted on February 26, 2023

An All-Black Crew Operated a British Airways Flight for the First Time in the Airline’s History

Jyoti Mann, Insider, February 18, 2023

A British Airways service was operated by an all-Black crew for the first time in the airline’s history.

The flights from Bridgetown, Barbados to London’s Heathrow airport and back again earlier this month were staffed entirely by Black employees, from gate agents, ground staff and the dispatcher to the cabin crew and pilots. The flights took place as the UK celebrates Black History Month.


Passengers applauded when the pilot made an announcement informing them that the entire crew was made up of Black employees, one traveler tweeted.

“I was honoured to be a passenger on your first all Black crew flight from Barbados today. {snip}” another passenger said in a tweet.

A British Airways representative told Insider: “We’re proud to have supported our Be ME (Being of a Minority Ethnicity) colleague network group to organise British Airways’ first ever all Black colleague flight, celebrating the contribution our Black colleagues make to the airline and highlighting how important representation and role models are to drive greater diversity.”