LONDON: England Rugby’s 31-man squad boarded their ‘Sweet Chariot’ aircraft bound for Japan.
British Airways, the Official Airline Partner to England Rugby, honoured the squad with a send-off at Heathrow, ahead of their 5,948-mile flight to Tokyo Narita. With a combined total of more than 1,000 caps, the players were photographed in front of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with #SweetChariot emblazoned across the fuselage.
To ensure they arrive in top form, the players’ meals and snacks will be protein-rich during the 11-hour 30-minute flight.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “We are honoured to be the Official Airline Partner of England Rugby and we wish the team every success in Japan.”
British Airways is a Principal Partner to Twickenham Stadium and the Official Airline Partner to England Rugby. British Airways flies direct between London and Tokyo Narita as well as Haneda, with two flights departing every day from Heathrow Terminal 5.
British Airways is investing £6.5 billion for its customers over five years, including the installation of the best quality Wi-Fi and power in every aircraft seat, fitting 128 long-haul aircraft with new interiors and taking delivery of 72 new aircraft. The airline has this year introduced its Club Suite, a new business class seat with direct aisle access. British Airways is also hosting a range of activities and events throughout the year to explore the future of flight in 100 years from now focusing on sustainable aviation fuels, customer experience and the aviation careers of the future. BIZ TODAY MONITOR