British Airways flight BA001 which took part in a historical synchronized take off with Virgin Atlantic to New York City’s JFK airport to mark the end of travel restrictions between the UK and the U.S landed safely at 11.15AM local time on Monday.
Royal photographer Chris Floyd was on hand to capture the moment and he said:
“It’s been a long two years and having the chance to capture the moment loved ones were finally reunited was an honour. My career to date has seen me help bring countless moments of love to life, but this new collection is truly something special. I look forward to countless more friends and family members meeting again soon
In recognition of a long campaigned for and pivotal moment for the travel industry, for the first time ever, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic came together in a unique show of unity, taking to the skies in a synchronised departure on parallel runways at Heathrow. British Airways flight BA001 and Virgin Atlantic flight VS3, operating on A350 aircraft, left London Heathrow for New York JFK at 8.30am.
British Airways operates five flights a day from JFK to Heathrow, fares in November start from $467 based on return fare in World Traveller (economy).
Sean Doyle, British Airways CEO, said:
“Today is about celebrating the UK-US reopening of the transatlantic corridor after more than 600 days of separation. Being able to bring families, friends and businesses back together is part of closing this chapter and celebrating what’s to come.