British Airways’ week of Sport Relief fundraising events took off by achieving a Guinness World Records title for the ‘Heaviest aircraft pulled over 100 metres’ by a team (mixed), made up of colleagues and sporting celebrities. The sponsorship of British Airways for Sport Relief comes as part of the global charity collaboration between the airline and Comic Relief, Flying Start, which focuses on helping disadvantaged youth in communities around the world get a better start to life.
British Airways’s employees teamed up with Sport Relief celebrity supporters ‘The Body Coach’ Joe Wicks, presenter Gabby Logan MBE, sports broadcaster Gary Lineker OBE, boxer Nicola Adams OBE, sprinter Iwan Thomas MBE and Paralympic silver medalist Alfie Hewett, who led the charge of a 90-strong team to pull the airline’s brand new A350 over 100 metre.
The aircraft weighed 182.9 tonnes, which helped the team beat the current 180 ton record. The airplane pull is part of a number of sporting activities conducted by the carrier to raise funds for Sport Relief, including flyathons, sky diving and sport matches.
Louise Evans, director of communications and sustainability in British Airways said: “We’re thrilled to support Sport Relief, which inspires the UK to raise money and take on some of the world’s problems through the power of sport. We’ve got our sports kits on and are taking on a selection of challenges for a whole week, starting with achieving a record title, to help raise money to support people living tough lives in the UK and around the world.”