Emotions were stirred up in London as British Airways pulled out all the stops to create a heroes’ send-off for a group of World War Two veterans travelling to the Netherlands for the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden.
The group returned to the Netherlands to retrace their personal journeys from World War Two. Amongst the group was Denis Hosgood - Queens Own Cameron Highlanders - who returned to Zig Canal for the ceremonial placing of a commemorative plaque.
When the veterans arrived at London Gatwick Airport, they were greeted by a dedicated British Airways team. Before boarding the flight, they were warmly welcomed by Gatwick Caledonian drum and pipe band.
The war veterans had their own personalised check-in desk, a private area in British Airways’ business class lounge, a special afternoon tea and a personal announcement from the Captain on board their flight, among other unique touches.
Denise Hunter, BA colleague and daughter of travelling veteran Denis Hosgood, also surprised her parents by secretly organising to be the Customer Service Manager on board the flight and escort them on their special journey.
On top of the airline’s continued support of the armed forces, which includes supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and holding the Silver Armed Forces Covenant, this trip comes as part of British Airways’ #BAMagic100 campaign.
The campaign sees the airline commit to 100 acts of kindness for customers in its centenary year.