Last landing for pilot twins, seconds apart
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.”