Olga Marchenkova from the Bol­shoi Kather­ine Jenk­ins and dancers from the Bol­shoi Bal­let per­form at 40,000 feet. Bal­let warms up for her per­for­mance. Sur­prise per­for­mance on BA’s Boe­ing 787-9 Dream­liner

Dancers from Bol­shoi bal­let and su­per­star Kather­ine Jenk­ins per­form in the sky

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Dancers from the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Bol­shoi Bal­let and clas­si­cal su­per­star Kather­ine Jenk­ins staged the world’s first bal­let and mu­si­cal per­for­mance in the air, to cel­e­brate the launch of Bri­tish Air­ways’ Dream­liner flights from Lon­don Heathrow to Moscow, Rus­sia.

Lucky pas­sen­gers on the in­au­gu­ral flight of the Boe­ing 787-9 Dream­liner were taken to new heights with an in­cred­i­ble, sur­prise per­for­mance by Artemy Belyakov and Olga Marchenkova, stars from the leg­endary Bol­shoi The­atre of Rus­sia.

The dancers were ac­com­pa­nied by one of Bri­tain’s favourite singers, Welsh Mezzo so­prano Kather­ine Jenk­ins OBE, who gave a spinet­in­gling ren­di­tion of Some­where Over the Rain­bow.

Artemy Belyakov, the lead­ing soloist from the Bol­shoi The­atre, said: “We are hon­ored to be a part of this very first flight to Moscow and unite the heart and soul of clas­si­cal Rus­sian cul­ture with an iconic Bri­tish brand such as Bri­tish Air­ways in this per­for­mance on board. We loved the cre­ative chal­lenge of us­ing the new Boe­ing 787-9 Dream­liner as our stage, and the ex­pe­ri­ence was as mem­o­rable for us as it was for the au­di­ence”.

“Be­ing a part of the old­est bal­let the­atre in the world, dancers from the Bol­shoi Bal­let have per­formed in some in­cred­i­ble places over the past 240 years - but bal­let in the sky takes it to a whole new level! I en­joyed that ex­pe­ri­ence!” - adds Olga Marchenkova, bal­let dancer from The Bol­shoi.

Speak­ing af­ter the per­for­mance, Kather­ine Jenk­ins said: “Such fun to be in­vited to per­form for the first time at 41,000 feet ‘Some­where over the Rain­bow’ en route to Moscow on board BA’s new Dream­liner! I have al­ways been ex­cited to sing in Rus­sia due to its deep and rich his­tory in the arts, and per­form­ing along­side dancers from the Bol­shoi Bal­let was a very spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence for me.”

Dancers from The Bol­shoi Bal­let and Kather­ine Jenk­ins were joined by Galina Kar­zova, Bri­tish Air­ways’ Com­mer­cial Man­ager for Rus­sia. Galina Kar­zova com­mented: “This launch is a huge step for Bri­tish Air­ways, and re­in­forces our con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to our Lon­don to Moscow ser­vice. The in­tro­duc­tion of the new First cabin on the route means cus­tomers can travel in un­ri­valled lux­ury and style.”

The new First cabin is a first for Bri­tish Air­ways’ B787 fleet, with just eight seats in com­par­i­son to the 14 seats avail­able on other Bri­tish Air­ways long-haul air­craft, of­fer­ing cus­tomers even greater ex­clu­siv­ity and pri­vacy.

The 787-9 flight into Moscow op­er­ates weekly from Novem­ber 1, 2016, in­creas­ing to twice-weekly from Jan­uary 3, 2017. To cel­e­brate the launch, a re­turn fare in World Trav­eller starts from £168.00 per per­son, for book­ings made be­fore Novem­ber 10, 2016.

Bri­tish Air­ways’ first 787-9s started fly­ing in Oc­to­ber 2015. There are cur­rently 14 787-9s in ser­vice, on routes be­tween Lon­don Heathrow and Austin, Bos­ton, San Jose (Cal­i­for­nia), Shang­hai and Narita (Ja­pan), amongst oth­ers.

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