British Airways is gearing up to fly Team GB and Paralympics GB to Vancouver for the 21st Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games, which start in February.
Among the 50 Team GB hopefuls is the UK’s number one snowboarder Zoe Gillings, 24, the highest ranked snowboarder in Great Britain, and from Scotland the British snowboard half-pipe champion Ben Kilner, 21, both sponsored by British Airways.
Before departure, the athletes will be kitted out at BA’s headquarters between January 18 - February 1 and plans are underway to take their vital equipment and fly to Vancouver taking 18 pairs of skis, 13 snowboards, five guns, four skeletons, two luges and an ice bath.
Willie Walsh, British Airways CEO said: “We are extremely proud to fly Team GB and Paralympics GB to the Vancouver Winter Games. We wish them every success on the slopes. This is an important milestone, ahead of the London 2012 Games and we are delighted to play a supporting role.”
To get the athletes in the mood, the classic film ‘Cool Runnings’, about the Jamaica national bobsleigh team competing in the 1988 Winter Olympics Games, will be screened on-board. A winter warming menu of British classic dishes will be served including fish pie, lamb shanks and roasted fillet of beef with haggis - so that the athletes arrive ready and prepared to land jumps, master pirouettes and take on the cold, snowy terrain.
British Airways operates daily flights to Canada including flights to Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and flights to Toronto. Passengers who book on ba.com before February 9 can also take advantage of the British Airways flights sale for great flight and holidays offers.