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British Airways reveals pilot’s eye view of Funchal landing

British Airways reveals pilot’s eye view of Funchal landing

A new video from British Airways gives its customers a pilot’s eye view of landing into one of its newest destinations - Funchal, on the island of Madeira.

The airport – one of the most challenging landings on the airline’s worldwide network – requires special approval from the Portuguese aviation authority for pilots to fly there.

British Airways’ expert pilot training team created a bespoke plan that received approval and allowed the airline to start flying to Funchal.

Pilots flying the three times a week service from Gatwick must undergo specialist training, including flight simulation to study every aspect of the approach in detail.


The airline started flying three times a week from Gatwick to Funchal on May 11th, 2015.

In this video two of the airline’s highly trained pilots, British Airways Captains Ally Wilcox and Ian Mills, show how it’s done.

Wilcox said: “Our highest priority is always safety.

“It’s built into everything we do, including our approved plan for flights to Funchal.

“While we will be focused on the technical aspects of the landing procedure, our customers will be able to enjoy the great views of the Atlantic and the beautiful island of Madeira.”

Watch the landing below: