Nice old gilt on cloth cap badge from BRITISH UNITED AIRWAYS. British United Airways (BUA) was a private, independent[nb 1] British airline formed as a result of the merger of Airwork Services and Hunting-Clan Air Transport in July 1960, making it the largest wholly private airline based in the United Kingdom at the time. British and Commonwealth Shipping (B&C) was the new airline's main shareholder.By the end of the 1960s, BUA had become the UK's leading private scheduled airline with a 44,000 mi (71,000 km) network spanning three continents — Europe, Africa and South America. In 1970, B&C sold BUA to the Scottish charter airline Caledonian Airways for £12 million. At that stage, it operated an all-jet fleet of 20 aircraft and employed a staff of 3,000.
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