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8 September 2004


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1. Press Release, "Airline Sells Qantas Stake", 8 September, 2004


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorised.


By: /s/_______________________________

Name: Alan Buchanan

Title: Company Secretary

Date: 8 September, 2004


Exhibit No.



Press release, "Airline Sells Qantas Stake", 8 September, 2004



British Airways has announced its intention to sell its 18.25 per cent shareholding in Qantas by way of an underwritten offering managed by an international bank.

The gross sale proceeds are expected to be not less than A$1,090 million (approximately £425 million).

British Airways acquired its original shareholding in Qantas in 1993 for A$665 million (£304 million). Since the original investment British Airways has received A$600 million in dividends.

British Airways' chief executive Rod Eddington said: "Our shareholders have had a good return from our investment in Qantas. We now believe it is in our best interests to sell our shares to pay down our debt and continue to strengthen our balance sheet.

A strong balance sheet will place British Airways in a robust position for any future European consolidation.

The share sale has no impact on the existing business relationship between the two airlines and is not linked to our joint services agreement (JSA) which continues. The JSA is a strong, well established relationship which brings real commercial benefits to both British Airways and Qantas."

The JSA between British Airways and Qantas has recently been given draft approval for a five- year extension by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The JSA includes joint flight schedules, sales and operations between Australia, South East Asia, the UK and Europe.

A further announcement about the share sale will be made in the next 48 hours on conclusion of the process.


September 7, 2004 085 /LDV/04

Notes to Editors:

British Airways plc ("BA") has entered into an underwritten agreement to place its entire 18.251% stake in the Australian airline Qantas Airways Limited ("Qantas") into the market.

Qantas is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and BA's shareholding in it was held through a wholly owned subsidiary, British Airways (Investments) Australia Pty Limited.

The gross sale proceeds are expected to be not less than A$1,090 million and will be satisfied wholly in cash by September 14, 2004.

BA will also receive a final dividend from its Qantas shareholding totalling A$30.3million (approximately £12 million) and payable on September 29, 2004.

Total proceeds before taxation from the dividend and sale of shares are expected to be approximately A$1,120 million (approximately £437 million). Taxation payable on the sale is expected to be approximately A$33 million (approximately £13 million).

There will be a provisional accounting loss on sale for UK statutory accounting purposes of approximately £12 million pre-tax. This will be recognised in BA's half-year results to September 30, 2004.

In BA's UK reported statutory accounts for the year ended 31 March 2004 the net assets of Qantas which are the subject of the transaction were included at £390 million and the pre-tax profit attributable to BA's shareholding in Qantas was £47 million.

BA intends to use the proceeds to repay part of its existing gross debt which at June 30, 2004 amounted to £5.6bn.

Qantas closing share price on Tuesday September 7, 2004 was A$3.33. BA's closing share price was £2.36p.

The two carriers began co-operating on the 'kangaroo' routes in 1995 following approval for revenue sharing from the Australian competition authorities.

This press release does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale. The securities offered will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.

Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking and involves risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the expected proceeds from the sale, and the anticipated use of proceeds and the provisional accounting loss on sale which is un-audited. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information known to the Company on the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

It is not reasonably possible to itemise all of the many factors and specific events that could cause the Company's forward-looking statements to be incorrect or that could otherwise have a material adverse effect on the future operations or results of an airline operating in the global economy. Some factors that could significantly affect the expected proceeds from the sale and the anticipated use of proceeds include those available in the Company's SEC filings, including, without limitation, the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended March 31, 2004.