British Airways has restarted its popular Dreamflights after a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday 16th October, courtesy of British Airways and UK-based charity Dreamflight, over 190 children got the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida.
Dreamflight supports young children across the UK aged between 8 and 14, all of whom either have a serious illness or disability. Each year the charity works with British Airways to take the children on a truly memorable holiday. However, due to the pandemic, the annual charity trip has been grounded for the last two years, thus making this year’s flight extra special.
Carrie Harris, British Airways’ Director of Sustainability, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to bring back Dreamflight for its 34th annual trip. It is always one of the highlights of our year, with many of our colleagues volunteering their time to support. I want to thank them for helping to make this possible. Hearing how much the Dreamflight experience means to the children and their families means it’s a real honour to be able to help create memories that will last forever.”
Paralympic gold-medal swimmer and Dreamflight patron, Liz Johnson, said: “This is a full circle moment to be a part of Dreamflight, having joined the trip as a child myself in 1997. Getting to see the younger generation have these opportunities feels so special and I want to empower them to achieve anything they put their minds to.”
British Airways’ Captain Philip Ticehurst, who operated the specially chartered flight, said: “We’re so happy to be back with Dreamflight again this year. This is my 16th time captaining the Dreamflight charter and I couldn’t be more honoured. It is such a humbling experience to be flying these children on their trip of a lifetime. They are an inspiration to all of us.”