- The special Aurora charity flight took off on Saturday 18th February where passengers experienced the Northern Lights at 30,000 feet, hosted by BBC Sky at Night presenter Pete Lawrence
- £25,000 was raised in a record fundraiser of its kind, for charity Aerobility, whose mission is to provide anyone living with any disability access to the magic of flight
London, UK, 2023-Feb-26 — /Travel PR News/ — easyJet has once again partnered with charity Aerobility to host a unique ‘Aurora Flight’, which took off from London Gatwick Airport last Saturday 18th February, enabling passengers to experience the magic of the Northern Lights at 30,000 feet, all in support of a fantastic cause.
Returning for the first time since before the pandemic, easyJet’s Aurora flight has raised a record £25,000 for Aerobility, which changes lives by providing anyone living with any disability access to flying and the charity is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Before departure, guests heard from Aurora experts including Astronomer and BBC Sky at Night presenter Pete Lawrence, who also provided an inflight commentary for the 112 passengers onboard to identify star constellations and the colours of the Aurora Borealis while in flight, along with live music onboard by Steve Young.
The special flight, operated by Captain Chris Wade and First Officer Hannah Wells alongside cabin crew Pierina Borrotzu, Thiago Beretta, Kat Voss and Louise McCann-Sewell took off on Saturday evening and headed towards 61 degrees north, just south of the Faroe Islands where the phenomenon of the Northern Lights was sighted.
Mike Miller-Smith, CEO at Aerobility, said:
“This year, Aerobility is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Since our beginnings in 1993, we have delivered over 10,000 flights and we have changed the lives of 1000’s of aspiring aviators. This has only been possible because of supporters like easyJet and we’re very much looking forward to delivering the next 10,000 flights with their continued support. Thank you easyJet, we couldn’t do it without you.’
Marcus O’Shea, Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at Aerobility commented:
“Thanks to support from easyJet, the Aurora Flight is one of the highlights of our calendar, not only does it generate funds in support of disabled aviation but it delivers the magic and wonder of seeing the Northern Lights from the sky, a truly unforgettable experience for everyone.”
Captain Chris Foster, easyJet Senior Captain commented:
“It has been a real privilege for easyJet to operate this fantastic flight once again and with favourable flying and meteorological conditions, we were incredibly pleased that guests were able to enjoy a glimpse of the captivating Aurora Borealis from the air.
“We’d also like to thank the world class guest speakers and entertainers who give their support once again to make this flight a truly memorable experience.
“We’re very proud have helped raise a record £25,000, which will help Aerobility in their mission to enable everyone to experience the wonder of flight.”
For more information about Aerobility, please visit aerobility.com
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