Analysis of Financial Statment
I always have the desire to be an academic graduate because my family treasured education so much. One of the major criteria for having a BSc (Hons) degree after ones name is by demonstrating the highest degree of academic excellence and undertaking to write and submit a dissertation on a selected topic. I am fortunate to be accorded such an opportunity through ACCA/Oxford Brooke partnership degree program.
1.1 Topic selection
The topic I selected for the RAP is the evaluation of the business and financial performance of a company over a three year period. I therefore choose British airways to base my analysis and evaluations on a three year period effective 1st April 2007 to 31st March 2009. The reason for choosing this very important topic is that, it will broaden and nurtured the already acquired knowledge gained from my earlier studies in accountancy. It will also help me perform in my area of responsibilities as one of my key functions with my present employer involves financial analysis and evaluation.
1.2 History of British Airways.
British Airways is one of the world’s leading scheduled international passenger airlines. There principal place of business is Heathrow, one of the world’s premier airport locations, which serves a large geographical area with a comparatively high proportion of point-to-point business. They also operate a worldwide air cargo business, largely in conjunction with their scheduled passenger services. British Airways operates one of the most extensive international scheduled airline route networks, with their code share and franchise partners, they fly to more than 300 destinations worldwide. In 2007/08, they carried more than 33 million passengers.
British Airways was created in 1972, when the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways Corporation (BEA) managements were combined under the British Airways Board. This effectively made British Airways into a national airline for