British Airways BA2016 has touched down at Heathrow this morning, carrying many of Team GB back from the Olympics. The athletes were met by friends and family – and a lot of fanfare. See our behind the scenes video of BA2016 on the tarmac and some our favourite tweets so far about the journey home, below!
Captain Steve Hawkins brought home the Boeing 747 flight
Flight BA2016 was loaded with extra champagne (77 bottles in total), 350 litres of water and treats for the 11 hour 15 minute journey
Pole vaults, javelins, bicycles and laser pistols are just some of the items of kit the airline flew back;
The largest item to be flown back was sail at 6.7 meters!
“victoRIOus” carried 92 medals – weighing a total of 46 kg!
We set-up the office’s Go-Pro on the dash of one of our airside safety vehicles to watch BA2016 as it made its way across the tarmac to the waiting media. Aboard the flight were 320 athletes and 46kg of medals!
A little over four years ago (August 13, 2012), Heathrow said farewell to the athletes of the London Olympics! As part of being the host airport for the Olympics, Heathrow opened a specific, London Park-themed, games terminal. Read more…
From all of us at Heathrow – congratulations to Team GB on their successful performance at the Rio Olympics!