British Airways has added a poppy to the
fuselage of one its Boeing 747s, as a symbol of remembrance for
those that paid the ultimate price in fighting for the freedom
that we enjoy today.
In the centenary year of the end of the
First World War, the 8ft by 8ft poppy will be displayed on the
aircraft as it flies to numerous British Airways destinations
around the world.
Tom Deary, a British Airways Engineer, Sergeant
in 381 Squadron and a former RAF Aircraft Technician, said, “It’s
important that our aircraft carries the poppy as it is a national
symbol of remembrance, and as a national carrier we should take
pride in remembering those that have fallen in all conflicts, new
or old, for our country. We have many colleagues that have served
or are still serving in Reservist or Cadet forces roles and it is
also a thank you to them for their hard work and dedication to the
Every year, Tom co-rallies 100 volunteers from
across the airline, alongside members of the armed forces, to sell
poppies at Heathrow.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO,
said, “We are so proud of the millions of people who represented
Britain a century ago. Flying the poppy on our aircraft will help
us carry the spirit of remembrance across the globe in their honour.”
On 11th November, at 10:55, all British Airways
staff will pause ground operations and engines will be shut down
(where possible) to observe the two minute silence.