Last land­ing for pi­lot twins, sec­onds apart

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clocked up al­most 45,000 fly­ing hours and flown more than two mil­lion pas­sen­gers.

Jeremy, from Flit­ton, Bed­ford­shire, de­scribed land­ing along­side his brother as “a good way to fin­ish”.

He could not re­sist pok­ing fun at the UK’s con­gested airspace af­ter his fi­nal flight in an Air­bus A320.

“I’ve spent over two anda-half years in the air,” he said.

“A lot of it in the hold­ing pat­tern over Heathrow.”

De­spite work­ing for the same air­line, the brothers did not fly to­gether as they are both cap­tains.

Jeremy said they “never had a ri­valry” over their fly­ing ca­reers, and were “al­ways sup­port­ive” of each other.

He signed up to BA 30 years ago in 1987, while Nick joined the com­pany from Bri­tish Mid­land in 2012, when it was ab­sorbed by the flag car­rier.

Nick, from Banbury, Ox­ford­shire, said: “I’ve done 28 years short-haul fly­ing. That’s about 11,000 flights. It’s at least 1.2 mil­lion pas­sen­gers.

“Like every aero­plane has it’s last land­ing, so does a pi­lot.

“I think that’s the way to look at it.”

The pair are not strictly iden­ti­cal, but look and sound so sim­i­lar that they are of­ten mis­taken for one an­other.

Nick said: “Years ago Jerry never men­tioned to his col­leagues at Bri­tish Air­ways that he had a twin brother who flew for Bri­tish Mid­land, and one day a Bri­tish Air­ways pi­lot strode over to me at Heathrow and asked what on Earth I thought I was do­ing dress­ing up in a Bri­tish Mid­land uni­form.

“It took a bit of ex­plain­ing to con­vince him that I wasn’t Jerry!”

BA’s head Air­bus pi­lot James Bas­nett said: “They ar­rived in the world 30 min­utes apart, flew the same air­craft in the same air­line, and then de­parted in the same man­ner that they ar­rived. Min­utes apart.

“A fit­ting fi­nale to long and im­pres­sive ca­reers and I know that they will be sorely missed on the fleet.”

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