British Airways Brings Iconic London Buses to Hong Kong
British Airways has unveiled two iconic London buses today for public viewing at Lee Tung Avenue. Gregory Rivers, a Cantonese actor and ambassador of the “British Airways London Bus Campaign”; Cara G, a supermodel; and Reviver, the local band which created the campaign theme song “Love is True”, made an appearance on this special occasion. The buses will be on display from today until September 22 2017.
Loved by many British bus fans, the Routemaster bus is so much more than a means of transport. It is an iconic symbol of British heritage. The two Routemaster buses belong to the RML2470 and RM1747 fleet, which officially retired in London before 2005. As the ambassador of the UK, British Airways decided to give them a permanent home in Hong Kong. One Routemaster bus has been transformed into a British Airways mini heritage exhibition bus, carrying some of the airline’s historical artefacts from the Hong Kong/London route from the past 80 years. The other Routemaster bus retains its original iconic red colour, with all the bus seats and interior setting still intact. It contains vintage artefacts including the bus driver uniform, ticket machine and paper tickets.
Visitors to the buses can join a competition for a chance to win two round-trip economy tickets to London. They simply need to share a creative photo of the Routemaster with a maximum 25-word message welcoming the buses to Hong Kong, on their personal Facebook or Instagram account with hashtag #BALondonBus (photo to be set to public). The competition will close at midnight on September 22 2017.
Noella Ferns, British Airways’ regional general manager for Greater China and the Philippines, said, “The people of Hong Kong have an affinity for British culture, as evidenced by the popularity of the two exhibitions we held last year during the 80th anniversary of our Hong Kong route. As the ambassador of the UK, British Airways will continue to connect the UK’s history and heritage with the people in Hong Kong.
“We are happy to be able to feature our historical artefacts on-board one of the most recognised British icons of all time. This campaign is one of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in Hong Kong as well. We encourage charity groups and schools to register for guided tours to learn more about the history of the fantastic London Bus.” Ferns added.
British Airways has been flying to Hong Kong for more than 80 years. The airline currently operates 14 non-stop flights a week between Hong Kong and London. It is also the only airline to fly the Superjumbo Airbus A380 on the route. All flights from Hong Kong arrive at the airline’s state-of-the-art home - London Heathrow Terminal 5 where travellers can enjoy stress-free onward connections from there to nearly 60 destinations in Europe and in the UK.