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Charity and community relations

Our safety video, created in collaboration with Comic Relief has had a refresh. Iconic celebrities including Sir Michael Caine, Olivia Colman and Joanna Lumley have come together to create the second instalment of British Airways’ star-studded pre-flight safety video, which launches on board from July.

British Airways teamed up with Comic Relief in 2010 to create a global charity partnership called Flying Start. That’s why we asked them to help us create our safety videos and tell you why Flying Start is so important to us.

How you help us to help others

We want to help give children in some of the communities which we fly to the chance to have a brighter future. That is why 100% of the money raised by Flying Start goes directly to Comic Relief who fund many projects around the world, including the UK.

Our customers donate unwanted foreign currency when they fly with us, which really adds up for a global airline. Thanks to your generosity, Flying Start has raised £16.5 million from on-board donations since 2010.

Our staff are dedicated fundraisers too, taking part in challenges from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or tackling the Tough Mudder assault course to organising comedy shows and bake sales.

Together, we’ve raised over £16.5 million for Flying Start to help disadvantaged
and vulnerable children in the UK and around the world.

Supporting the DEC

The Disasters Emergency Committee brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis. They raise money through appeals to help those impacted by disaster, making sure that funds reach those who need them most.

When a DEC appeal is launched, we divert the funds raised for Flying Start to the DEC appeal for 2 weeks, along with dispatching aid and volunteers on specially chartered flights.

The Nepal Earthquake 2015

Flying Start raised £322,000 for the DEC appeal 2 years ago when Nepal was devastated by an earthquake, leaving many homeless and without basic supplies. At the time, we invited one of our customers to see how the funds and supplies were distributed. Richard Parkinson has been involved with our Community Investment team as a judge for their charity bursary award scheme and is a frequent flyer with us.