BA Flies into Guinness World Records Book

BA Flies into Guinness World Records Book

British Airways has set two Guinness World Record titles including the ‘Highest Harlem Shake’ and ‘Highest Concert’ in the sky, with Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde performing their hits on a red-nosed B767 aircraft at 43,000 feet for Comic Relief. A video of the event is at: Harlem Shake

Celebrating 25 years of Red Nose Day, the airline has raised over £4.5 million for Flying Start – the airline’s charity partnership with Comic Relief.

Fronted by Shane Richie, 128 lucky passengers were treated to exclusive performances from Bananarama and Go West on the ground, and Tony Hadley and Kim Wilde in the air. Passengers also danced their way into the Guinness World Record books by performing the latest Internet craze – the ‘Harlem Shake’ dance.

On board the flight, Captain Mannering-Smith announced when the aircraft reached the correct altitude for the performances to begin. In order to break the previous Guinness World Record held by James Blunt at 42,080 feet, the artists had to perform a 15-minute set at higher altitude, accompanied by musical instruments. The event officially lasted 22 minutes and 36 seconds at 43,000 feet.

Assisted by her brother on guitar, Kim Wilde rose to the challenge singing her hits including You came, You keep me hangin’ on and Kids in America, while Tony Hadley enthralled the crowd with acoustic renditions of True, Gold and a cover of Queen’s Crazy little thing called love.

Hand Baggage Only Fares at Gatwick

Meanwhile – on a more serious note! – British Airways has extended its range of ‘hand baggage only’ fares to all of its 32 short-haul routes at London Gatwick Airport. The new type of fare, which launched last month, is already proving popular with customers on the initial five destinations from Gatwick – Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, Jersey, Tunis and Turin.

The fares are now on sale for travel from 2nd April 2013.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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