British Civil Aviation in 1972

1 April
The British Airways Board combines British European Airways (BEA) and the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) under the title of British Airways.

13 April
The Secretary of State for Trade and Industry announces that Aerospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) are to build an additional six Concorde aircraft.

25 May
British Airways places a firm order for five Aerospatiale/British Aircraft Corporation Concorde aircraft.

7 August
The Minister for Aerospace announces that British Airways has been authorised to purchase six Lockheed L1011 Tristars, with an option for an additional six.

15 November
Dyce Airport in Aberdeen opens a new passenger handling complex, with a hangar to accommodate four Sikorsky S61N helicopters, to service North sea oil rig facilities.