BA sets comedy world record

13 Mar 2011 by BusinessTraveller

British Airways is now officially the holder of a Guinness World Records title for the highest stand-up comedy gig in the world, held on board an A321 aircraft in aid of Comic Relief.

The dedicated flight (BA9230c) took place yesterday (Saturday March 12), flying over the UK for two and a half hours, with comedians Dara O Briain, Jack Whitehall and Jon Richardson performing at 35,000 feet for 45 minutes.

There were a total of 180 guests and prize winners on board, and the gig has so far raised almost £100,000 for Red Nose Day.

Among the jokes were Whitehall’s quip: “I was looking forward to today – after all it’s the only gig where people can’t walk out. If you want to heckle you’ll have to press the call button.”

BA has raised a total of over £700,000 for Comic Relief since its partnership began in June 2010. This year’s Red Nose Day takes place on Friday March 18.

Coverage of the record-breaking gig will be posted at, and BA has also painted seevral of its aircraft with red noses to mark this year’s event.


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