BA to say 'thank you' in flypast over Olympics parade

British Airways is to lead a fly-past with the Red Arrows over London today during the Olympics Greatest Team Parade to mark the end of the games.

BA: decorates planes in Olympic designs for celebratory flypast
BA: decorates planes in Olympic designs for celebratory flypast

The airline, which is the official airline partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, has arranged for a flame-coloured A319 aircraft to be decorated with a "thank you" message spanning 13 metres on its underbelly.

During its 20-minute journey it will pass over the Olympic Park and reach The Mall one minute later at about 3.41pm.

It will be followed by a series of military planes and a Red Arrows formation.

On the ground during the parade, a team of British Airways ambassadors will be passing around message boards and pens for spectators to write their own messages for display during the parade.

The airline has taken out a front page ad in today's Metro to tell people 'Have a look up as our plane leads the fly-past at today's Greatest Team Parade', as well as a two-page advertorial in the paper.

Keith Williams, chief executive of British Airways, said: "Everyone involved has done an outstanding job to show this country at its absolute best. Our fly-past is a special tribute to all of them."

BA London 2012 flypast formations

During the Olympics and Paralympic Games, British Airways hosted a BA Live stage in the Olympic Park, showing on LED screens and hosting several athletes including Sir Chris Hoy and Rebecca Adlington.

The airline also placed a giant image of gold-medallist Jessica Ennis on a flightpath near Heathrow.

Lord Seb Coe, chairman of Locog, said: "British Airways has played a huge part in the London 2012 Games.

"During the Games, Park Live has been such a great place for fans to get together and cheer on athletes and I'm delighted that British Airways are going to be supporting the athlete's parade."

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