Richard Tams, UK head of sales for British Airways and his colleague Andrew Solum will soon be jetting off on a whirlwind round-the-world trip on September 15th to raise money for charity.
The pair have increased their fund-raising target from £10,000 to £15,000 after supporters in the industry have pledged to donate to their cause – all monies raised will go to joint BA-Comic Relief charity Flying Start.
Richard and Andrew will be on a mission to complete the fastest round-the-world itinerary, with the help of all thirteen of the Oneworld airline partners as they criss-cross the globe. They will start and finish in New York, departing on September 15th and touching down in the Big Apple again on 22nd.
The pair will be tracking their seven day, 13-flight, 29,390 mile trip on their blog and recording a video diary; the itinerary will be a tight one, including two “blocks” of five consecutive flights and only minimal layovers.
So where will they be flying to? They take off on September 15 from New York to Chicago on an American Airlines flight before joining a Japan Airlines service to Tokyo. Next stop is Hong Kong on JAL, then on to Kuala Lumpur with Cathay Pacific and over to Singapore with Malaysia Airlines which is due to join Oneworld at the end of this year.
From Singapore, the pair will head over to London with Qantas, arriving early on September 18. British Airways will then take the pair to Amman, from where they will switch carriers and fly to Frankfurt with Royal Jordanian, then take an Air Berlin flight to Berlin and back to Frankfurt. The two will join a LAN flight to Madrid and fly to Moscow with Iberia before transferring to an S7 flight to St Petersburg.
Their seven day sky high trip will end on September 22 with a Finnair flight to Helsinki, then on to Heathrow to connect to the final flight: a BA service to New York.
Tams said: “I’ve done a lot of flying in my time at BA, but never so many destinations in such a short period. We’ll be going through 16 airports, flying on ten different aircraft types and visiting 11 countries on 12 airlines.
“The travel trade has been really supportive and we’ve already hit £8,000 of our target, but we want to reach at least £15,000 so we’re asking everyone to dig deep.”
If you want to pledge money please visit http://donate.ba-flyingstart.com/funraiser/roundtheoneworld
Olympic sprinter Linford Christine, ex-England footballer Gary Lineker and rugby star Will Greenwood helped BA launch its Flying Start Sport Relief Campaign 2012 to raise funds for underprivileged children all over the world. BA’s Facebook page is http://www.facebook.com/britishairways