The British Airways global charity partnership with Comic Relief has celebrated in style having raised a whopping £20 million for the charity.
The relationship between BA and Comic Relief is the first of its kind (to raise money all year round) and began in 2010 with the aim to raise £20 million by 2020…well, target smashed with over a year to go!
Both employees and customers were treated to a celebratory flight as part of a thank you for dedication to the cause of fundraising towards the £20 million milestone.
Alex Cruz, British Airways CEO and Chairman, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve hit this wonderful milestone and what a better way to celebrate raising money for Comic Relief than with a comedy gig in the sky? The sum raised is testament to the generosity of our customers, the hard work of our Flying Start Team and everyone that supports this work. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved – let’s keep going!”
The main event saw Russell Kane, Joel Dommett and Rob Beckett perform their individual ‘Flying Start Gig’ comedy sets 38,000 feet in the air during a special flight departing and arriving from Heathrow Airport.
140 guests, both BA staff and passengers, enjoyed the hour-long flight on an Airbus A320 to celebrate reaching the fundraising goal. The trip was spent giggling away at the comic’s aviation-themed performance.
Speaking after the performance, Russell Kane who hosted the gig said: “I’ve performed in many unusual venues but never at 38,000 feet! There was an amazing atmosphere with lots of laughs on board. What a great way to celebrate Flying Start raising £20 million for Comic Relief”
What a bizarre, hilarious day. Shooting a stand-up comedy gig at 32,000 ft on a @British_Airways flight! @russell_kane @robbeckettcomic & @joeldommett helped celebrate BA raising £20M for @comicrelief and it was a total joy. 🎬🎥 pic.twitter.com/jiRXAwM3QC
— James Delow (@jamesdelow) 6 November 2018