British Airways behind-the-scenes documentary to air days before pilot strike

30 Aug 2019 by Mark Caswell
British Airways 24/7: Access All Areas

A new behind-the-scenes British Airways documentary will air on Channel 5 next month, just days before planned strike action by the British Airline Pilots’ Association.

According to the carrier British Airways 24/7: Access All Areas will offer viewers “exclusive access behind-the-scenes of the airline in its centenary year”.

The first episode of the four-part series will air at 2100 on September 5, less than a week before the first of three planned days of strike action by BA pilots.

The airline said that a documentary team from Title Role Productions in Manchester spent a total of nine months filming the carrier at locations around the world, with footage including preparations for a visit from Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate BA’s 100th birthday.

British Airways 24/7: Access All Areas

Narrated by James Nesbitt, the documentary “will follow the airline’s people as they purchase new aircraft, open new routes, overhaul premium service, try out new meals, maintain aircraft and much more”.

Scenes include preparations for the delivery of the carrier’s 30th B787 Dreamliner, the refurbishment of one of the carrier’s B777s, the arrival of BA’s first A350, and work being carried out on new inflight menus with hospitality company Do&Co.

Commenting on the series Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said:

“It’s fantastic that Channel 5 has been able to capture key moments in British Airways’ one hundredth year.

“The series opens the doors of our aircraft, engineering hangars and even boardroom, like never before, giving viewers a rare insight into the drive for transformation that informs everything we do, the investments we’re making for our customers and, most importantly, shines a light on the people who work day and night to keep our hugely complex global operation running, to bring Britain to the world and the world to Britain.”

The carrier traces its history back to August 25, 1919, when Aircraft Transport and Travel Limited launched the world’s first daily international scheduled air service, between London and Paris.

So far centenary initiatives throughout 2019 have included aircraft sporting retro liveries, the Speedbird 100 ale in partnership with Brewdog, a reimagined Flower Duet themelimited edition Marmite jars, a centenary afternoon tea service, and a limited edition whisky poured at the Inchdairnie distillery in Fife, Scotland.

The carrier has also launched an online Centenary Archive Collection, featuring “never-before-seen” photographs and videos, spanning its 100-year history, as well as an interactive timeline.

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