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September 01, 2009

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Richard,

Just to be clear, BAA is not British Airways. BAA is a company that owns (privatized) airports in Britain - it is not British Airways (thus the xtra A). It in turn is owned by a Spanish consortium.

Notably lately it has been involved in a protracted PR / legal war with climate protestors who'd rather BAA wasn't permitted to build a third runway at Heathrow. This book, no doubt, has to be seen a high-concept intervention into this issue.

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Sorry - that repeated "it is not British Airways" came from child-borne distraction, not weird insistence!

Richard Prouty

Thanks for the correction. That was sloppy reporting and Yank ignorance. I assumed BAA was short for British Airways despite the extra A. You bring up an interesting angle on the de Botton controversy.

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