Photo: British Airways.
There's a certain degree of excitement that comes with weddings - and rightfully so, for those dearest to the soon-to-be newlyweds.
And while weddings of the rich and famous are also celebrated with sheer exuberance from complete strangers across the world, even these celebrations should have its limits.
This was not the case with British Airways (BA) which took the already over-hyped wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to new heights.
The airline says it is "adding some extra sparkle to customers’ journeys" in celebration of the royal wedding, by operating a crew of only Meghan and Harry’s on the BA93 flight on 19 May to Toronto - the city where Harry's and Meghan's relationship started.
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The cabin crew will consist of two Harry’s, seven Megan’s and one Meghan. It will operate the flight that departs Heathrow at 13:10, an hour after Harry and Meghan tie the knot at Windsor Castle.
Megan Horsley, British Airways Customer Service Manager, who will lead this crew says that “Harry and Meghan’s relationship started across the Atlantic so it seemed fitting for all of us to take-off to Toronto on their special day. I’ve flown with another Megan once or twice before, but never seven so we might have to all call each other by our surnames during this very special flight!”
This Toronto flight comes complete with champagne and the ‘Royal Crew’ will give every passenger a bottle of Castelnau Blanc du Blanc to enjoy with their individual celebratory wedding cake, says BA, which launched a new three-times-a-week service to Toronto from Gatwick - the airline’s first flight to Canada from the London airport.
Royal wedding celebrations reach new heights
BA takes the celebrations up a notch further by allowing those customers departing from Terminal 5 on 19 May whose names are Harry, Meghan or Megan - as well as their travel companions - to use the airline’s exclusive First lounge.
In addition to this, lemon and elderflower Victoria sponges - the same flavour as Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake - will be given out to customers departing from Heathrow on 19 May.
British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, Carolina Martinoli, says that the airline is "so thrilled for Prince Harry and Meghan so [we] wanted to bring some added sparkle and make our customers’ journeys fit for a Prince or Princess to celebrate this incredibly special day.”
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Throughout May, Suits - the TV series which Meghan has become famous for (apart from her upcoming marriage to Harry) - will be available on BA's long-haul flights. Passengers can also tune into documentaries and podcasts about how Harry and Megan met and the history of Windsor Castle.
"Travellers who miss the event on television will be able to catch up on board, as the wedding highlights will be available on long-haul flights the following day," says BA which is rolling out a £4.5 billion (about R76.42 billion @R16.98 /£), five-year customer investment plan focusing on more choice and quality for all its customers.