As the United Kingdom welcomes visitors from across the world for a weekend of celebrations for the Coronation of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen Consort, British Airways and Visit Britain have partnered to give visitors “a royal welcome” with a mural painted on the London Heathrow flight path.
The piece of art is 47m by 64m and is located in Thornbury Park in Hounslow. Customers landing into London Heathrow runway 27L will be able to see it on the right-hand side of the aircraft just before touching down at the London hub. The flowers on the artwork were designed by children at a local holiday club, Fun Fest Hounslow. The two young artists, sisters Jasmine Prajapati and Raya Prajapati, aged 9 and 12 respectively, sketched the designs around the theme of “a natural world”, which is a passion of the King’s and a key theme of the King’s Coronation emblem.
We are excited to be able to celebrate this significant moment in history (…) with our fantastic colleagues across our airports and offices and crewing a flight full of colleagues called Charles and Camilla, so it will definitely be a weekend we won’t forget!Lisa Tremble, British Airways’ Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
1. Celebratory flight crewed by colleagues called Charles and Camilla
On Friday 5 May, the BA059 flight from Heathrow to Cape Town, a commonwealth member state, will be crewed by colleagues with variants of the name Charles and Camilla. Customers on board this unique flight will be looked after by a team of 10 cabin crew, including three people called Camilla, five called Charles, a Kamila and a Millie. Moreover, the aircraft will be flown by three pilots called Charles.
2. Royal treatment for customers
On the day of the Coronation itself, British Airways will be offering customers with surnames King and Queen travelling from Gatwick and Heathrow the chance to kick off their trip in style with lounge access prior to their flights. Customers at Heathrow will be invited to use the First Wing and First Lounge, while at Gatwick customers will be invited to use the First Lounge.
As Britain’s flag carrier, we are proud to be welcoming visitors to our home and celebrating with our customers on board, offering a selection of Coronation-themed surprises to mark the occasion.Lisa Tremble, British Airways’ Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
At 35,000 feet (10,000m), the airline will be marking the historic occasion on 6 May by offering customers across all cabins travelling from Heathrow and Gatwick, Joe&Seph’s Eton Mess bespoke popcorn designed exclusively for British Airways. The airline has worked with its caterers to design Coronation-themed desserts which will feature on board flights from Heathrow and Gatwick. These include a bespoke lemon and white chocolate Coronation tart, an afternoon tea with a trio of royal desserts and a lemon and white chocolate mousse topped with a chocolate crown, inspired by King Charles’ well-known love of lemon cream. Customers will be able to enjoy these royal treats while watching a live stream of the Coronation on board, which is free to access through customers’ personal electronic devices and available to all customers travelling with British Airways on Wi-Fi enabled aircraft.