British Airways launches first ever dedicated seat rows for disabled passengers
Dependency on wheelchair assistance could become a thing of the past
British Airways, London, 30 December 2018
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British Airways has launched specially configured seat rows in its aircraft for passengers who have reduced mobility. The move will allow disabled passengers to manoeuvre themselves on to the aircraft in their own chairs. The initiative could make reliance on wheelchair assistance, for some passengers, a thing of the past.
The dedicated seat rows are located at the front of each cabin on the bulkhead. They are designed so that passengers can slot their own wheelchair into a uniquely configured chassis. Specially designed safety belts clip the users’ wheelchair and secure it with a harness, locking it firmly into place. The wheels are secured to the cabin floor with state-of-the-art ABS brake-pads, designed by BMW. Passengers can then enjoy the flight and minimise their dependency on the crew for assistance. Both manual and electric wheelchairs are compatible with the new seats.
Each cabin, including First class, club world, premium and economy will have a devoted row of seats, giving passengers a choice of travel classes. The specially configured seats also have special entertainment systems which have a channel for passengers who have visual and audible impairments.
Alex Cruz, CEO of British Airways commented at the company’s headquarters in London. “We’re so proud to launch this initiative for passengers with restricted mobility. Our customers have told us they value their independence and don’t want to have to rely on assistance which can be slow and sluggish. This initiative delivers exactly that. The feedback we’ve had is overwhelmingly positive and we hope it sets a benchmark in the industry.”
Out of the fleet’s 700 aircraft, over 40 aircraft have already been fitted with the specially designed seats on their short-haul routes and 20 on the long-haul routes. Redesigning one 747 aircraft requires 3 months during which the plane is taken out of service. These improvements are a part of a 6.5 billion planned overhaul to modernise the company’s fleet.
The issue of reduced-mobility passengers relying on wheelchair assistance came into disrepute during the Brazilian Paralympics 2016 when prominent three-times gold medal winner, and former Royal Marine veteran, David Weir, 47, was left stranded at Luton Airport check-in by assistants who forgot to collect him. He was later rebooked on the next flight and narrowly avoided missing the opening ceremony.
David Weir three-times gold winner coming first in Brazil 2016
Alex Cruz said, “We hope other carriers will continue this initiative. We have already instructed our One World partners to comply, but we hope the Civil Aviation Authority will make this a mandatory regulation. Now all passengers have to do is give us 48 hours’ notice and they can book their dedicated seat.”
To celebrate the launch of the initiative, British Airways is offering a free 1-class upgrade to customers who book within 30 days of its launch in March.
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Notes to editors:
• This information should not be released before 02 Feb 2019, the date the CAA will officially approve this scheme.
• These special seats will be available from the 1st March 2019.
• In addition, customers who require manual assistance can still request this in advance.
About British Airways
British Airways is the largest airline in the United Kingdom based on fleet size, or the second largest, behind easyJet, when measured by passengers volume. The airline is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport.
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Designed to indulge…
This was written on-spec for BMW.
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Whilst at an agency, the founders of the Movember charity approached the team and asked for ideas to run a campaign around Male mental health.
The ideas presented here aimed to convey a serious message whilst retaining their familiar wit, for which the charity has become well known for.
STOP MEN DYING TOO YOUNG
Every single minute of single every day, a Strong Silent Type commits suicide
Tony Soprano is the new Tony Montana
Silence is golden – If you’re the Clint Eastwood type or The Man with no Name.
For years, men have defined themselves by their actions and achievements. They have never been comfortable talking about their feelings. They’d rather bottle them up.
That’s why, 3 out of every 4 suicide fatalities is a man. Because men still believe that myth that boy’s don’t cry.
Movember is a serious challenge, looking to change redundant stereotypes and encourage men to speak out about real stuff and take mental health seriously.
By donating, talking and getting involved, we aim to reduce the suicide rate in men by 25% by 2030.
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It’s all about the nuts and bolts
Thing One and Thing Two
Your nuts have been with you since day 1 – but how well do you really know them? Chances are, you’ve more familiar with North than South.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer between men aged 15 to 39 and a leading cause of death.
Movember is raising awareness and by spreading the word, we aim to halve the number of deaths from testicular cancer by 2030.
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What Breast Cancer is to Women, Prostate Cancer is to Men
The prostate gland is about the size of a walnut and sits below your bladder. It functions to produce fluid for semen.
Over the duration of a man’s life the prostate gland can increase in size. Although this itself is not a sign of cancer, it might be a symptom of prostatitis.
And because the prostate is not visible, many men feel embarrassed speaking and thinking about it. They dismiss it, out of sight, out of mind.
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I can’t – We Can
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Discover Goa, discover yourself
To see the world in a grain of sand…
Picture tranquil blue waves lapping a white-sanded beach lined with palm trees…
In the distance, a solitary figure salutes the setting sun…
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Meet Charlie – a UX designer from South London. He looks like a yogi as he picks up his poncho and saunters to a café, where he orders chai.
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A short film for Investec
Whilst at A Perfect Storm BBD, a creative agency based in London, I wrote this three- minute film for Investec as a B2B promotional piece.
The brief from the client stated they wanted to reflect their roots. They are a firm based in South Africa and have grown quickly as an asset managment group here in London. They maintain a strong connection with their origins.
The premise of this short film is – Mahabi, a slum-kid from the Soweto ghetto, dreams of making it as a professional cricketer but has to overcome adverse poverty and the ghetto mentality of his peers.
THE RESTLESS SPIRIT
A short film for Investec
FADE IN with sports commentary —
As the batsman comes to the crease, the scores are level – 1 ball remaining, 1 run required and 1 wicket needed…
EXT. SLUMS – EVENING
The Soweto slums – sprawling out as far as the eye can see – corrugated iron sheds, mounds of rubbish, makeshift kiosks – organised chaos… madness…
SUPER – THE RESLTLESS SPIRIT IS BORN FROM CHAOS
EXT. ALLEY WAY – CONTINUOUS
A crooked pathway – two open sewers run alongside it – at the end of the path stands a wooden stick – 4ft propped up by a few bricks…
We reveal the puny frame of MAHABI, 10, a waif in rags, barefoot – staring at the wood like it’s his nemesis. A glint of determination sweeps his eyes – The Restless Spirit…
In his hands – a ball of string and rubber-bands – he tosses the ball from hand to hand like a professional bowler…
We’ve arrived, moment of truth…
Mahabi glances to his left – a gaggle of slum kids huddled in a doorway – smoking – sipping beer – they shoot him looks – willing him to fail…
Mahabi flicks his eyes to the stump – bounds towards it – swinging his arm like a windmill – he releases the ball-
In SLO MO – the ball skidding off the ground –
The slum kids hold their breath – the ball flies by, missing the stump –
A look of despair sweeps Mahabi’s eyes as the slum kids fall about laughing. Mahabi ignores them, picks up the ball when thunder rumbles across the sky —
He looks up – ominous clouds rolling towards the slums – an anxious look in his eyes —
EXT. SLUM LANES – MOMENTS LATER
Mahabi – scurries along the narrow lanes – clutching the stick and ball – he leaps over an open drain – Slum dwellers lay in doorways – watch him fly past –
INT. SLUM SHED – MOMENTS LATER
Mahabi slams the door closed, out of breath – from outside – sounds of thunder – He races away, disappearing into the back of the shed –
LATER – NIGHT
Mahabi – lays on the ground, staring at the ceiling, twirling the string ball in his hand.
LATER – NIGHT
All are asleep – except Mahabi – he’s still staring at something in the ceiling – his mind ticking over, playing with the ball.
EXT. SLUMS – THE NEXT DAY
Close on the wooden stick – propped up by the bricks — Mahabi stares at the stump – determined —
One of the slum kids steps out from a doorway –
SLUM KID (SUBTITLE)
Why don’t you just give up, bro? Forget that, come and hang out with us…
I can’t, you wouldn’t understand…
The slum kid shrugs as Mahabi bounds towards the crease – In SLO MO – the ball skids of the ground – flies into the stick and splits it into 2 pieces…
The slum kid gasps – amazed –
Whoa… you did it…
Mahabi’s stunned – he stares at the broken stick. Just then a crack of thunder fills the sky. He panics – picks up the broken stick and disappears through into the backstreets –
INT. SLUM SHED – MOMENTS LATER
Mahabi slams the door shut – races to the bedroom –
INT. SLUM BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS
Mahabi leaps onto a rickety old chair – clutching the broken stick. There’s a hole in the roof – rain water pouring in.
EXT. SLUMS – NIGHT
POV – We’re floating high … way up … high in the sky … panning across the vast slum, spread out like a battered city of lights.
We focus on Mahabi’s shed from above – a tiny slit in the tin roof – gaps of light creeping out — we’re thrust towards it… zooming down… way down… gathering pace now… faster… faster…. through the gap… bursting into the room…
INT. SLUM BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS
… Where we see five kids sprawled out – arms and legs everywhere – Mahabi’s kid brothers and sisters, asleep on the ground. Mahabi’s in the centre, awake, looking up at the roof.
MAHABI’S POV – looking up – the two sticks have sealed the gap, bound by string. It’s keeping the rain out. He used bits of the roof to practice…
IN SLO MO – a raindrop trickles through the gap, falls straight towards Mahabi –
EXT. LORDS CRICKET GROUND – YEARS LATER – DAY
IN SLO MO – the rain drop’s still falling –
Mahabi looks up just as the raindrop sloshes his face. He smiles, refreshed. He’s a grown man now, dressed in South Africa’s kit.
Nine wickets down and Mahabi to deliver the last ball of the
innings. He needs a wicket to take
South Africa into the final…
Mahabi thunders towards the crease – releases the ball – it whizzes along – 90 mph – skids off the turf and smashes the wicket – pole-axing bails and stumps everywhere –
The crowd erupt – cheering shouting his name…
FADE TO BLACK
OVER BLACK – THE LOW HUM OF A CAR ENGINE…
EXT. COAST – DAY
The Ocean in the background – waves break on the shore – A gleaming sports car cruises by – tinted windows – twin exhaust – alloy wheels – impressive machinery –
EXT. SOWETO STREETS – LATER
The metropolis – suffocating – packed with pedestrians, commuters, beggars, traders, high rise buildings. Noises are piercing – cabs honking – dogs barking –
A group of slum kids play cricket in a dead-end street, barb-wire fences – broken gates. They turn as the sports car lurches to a halt – the window slides down to reveal Mahabi behind the wheel…
He watches the slum kids improvise with sticks for stumps, cans for bails –
One of kids flicks a cursory glance at Mahabi – their eyes lock for a beat – Mahabi recognises that glint – it’s The Restless Spirit…
The kid bounds towards the wicket – releases the ball just as we –
SUPER – INVESTEC – OUT OF THE ORDINARY
FADE TO BLACK
I’ve just started working with this business, Party Wishes.
Our plan is to tidy up the web-site, rewrite the copy and attempt to increase its web traffic with a series of short blogs about celebrations around the world.