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See photos and videos from the BA and Virgin Atlantic dual take-off at Heathrow

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We’ve started to collate photos and video from the big US reopening event.

British Airways shared this video from the Heathrow control tower of the dual take-off of the British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights to New York this morning. This is to celebrate the reopening of the US to visitors travelling from the UK.

If you look at the Instagram story that Rhys posted earlier, you can see that Heathrow airspace was closed to allow this to happen. The main reason was that a helicopter was flying around the airport to get shots of the take-off which were broadcast live on Sky News.

Here is the control tower video, which is only 38 seconds long. It starts off looking a bit dull but the final shot is very impressive:

Here is a video shot by Rhys showing the take-off.  He is in the Virgin Atlantic aircraft and has a perfect view of the British Airways aircraft alongside him – you can watch online here if it does not show below:

British Airways has only shared one photo so far. The Virgin Atlantic aircraft is the tiny one in the background …

British Airways Virgin Atlantic dual take off

This photo is from James Oates (@speedbiruk on Instagram) and is used with permission:

Rhys also sent this picture:

British Airways Virgin Atlantic joint take off

He’s also been testing out The Loft social area on the Virgin Atlantic A350 for your benefit:

Looks like a good time was had by all …..

Comments (51)

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  • Mikeact says:

    Very impressive..thanks.

  • Michael says:

    That’s BA crew on the Virgin Loft. I Recognise 2 of them from a Miami fight we had.
    Nice gesture

  • Rhi says:

    Interested to know what the arrivals process is like – will there be a report on that? We’re off to Miami on Saturday.

  • JandeW says:

    Great video, Rhys – well done!

  • David says:

    So good to see, thank you.

    We can’t wait to see our family soon after 2 years missing them!

    Flights all booked on 1 of a few 2-4-1s built up!

  • SRTravels says:

    I know that some of the Savile Row tailors & Jermyn Street shirtmakers from the likes of Budd, Henry Poole, Edward Sexton, etc. were, between them, on both flights heading to show off the best of British tailoring on US trunk shows, will see if they have photos.

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