The airline partnered with comedians Dara O Briain, Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson (above) and raised almost £100,000 for Red Nose Day, as part of the airline’s partnership with Comic Relief, a registered charity in the UK launched in 1985 with the mission to make people laugh while raising money.
British Airways says the comedians performed for 45 minutes at 35,000ft to 180 guests and prize winners on board flight BA9230c, operated by an A321 aircraft from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The flight flew over the UK for 2.5 hours and Q8 donated the fuel, the carrier says.
Whitehall had this joke to say: “I was looking forward to today. After all it’s the only gig where people can’t walk out. If you want to heckle you’ll have to press the call button.”
Even the pilot of the flight, Captain Brian Connolly, gave in to the humour, saying he was glad to be a member of the “Smile High Club”.
You can watch a video of the event here on the BA YouTube page. (You’ll need to scroll to find it. Due to restrictions BA has set up, we’re unable to link directly).