The BOA has announced British Airways as its Official Airline Partner ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
As part of the deal, the airline will fly Team GB athletes and support team, along with their equipment, to and from the Olympic and Paralympic Games between 11th July and 6th September.
Athletes from a range of sports officially launched the partnership at London Heathrow airport, with 11-year-old skateboarder Sky Brown, who is set to be GB’s youngest summer Olympian in the newly-included sport, athlete Dina Asher-Smith, and boxer Cheavon Clarke appearing at the event.
Dina Asher-Smith, current British record holder and 200m World Champion sprinter, said: “Tokyo 2020 is going to be so exciting for the nation with a new generation of athletes and additional sports being added. Every athlete dreams of returning home on that British Airways plane carrying gold, silver and bronze luggage with them.”
In addition para athletes Ali Jawad, a powerlifter, swimmer Maisie Summers-Newton, and wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett were also in attendance and all hope to represent ParalympicsGB.
Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer Experience, said: “We’re so proud to be the official airline of Team GB and ParalympicsGB for the fourth consecutive Games. The Olympic and Paralympics Games always instil a sense of national pride and it’s an honour to fly the best of British talent in sport and be part of their journey – from start to finish.”
British Olympic Association CEO, Andy Anson, said: “British Airways is one of the most recognisable and prestigious brands in the world, so it is with great pride that we partner with them for the fourth consecutive Games.
“Tokyo 2020 promises to be an incredible event and securing a partnership of this calibre can only assist with our preparations ahead of the Games in July.”
British Airways has been a Team GB partner for over a decade, first partnering with the BOA at the Beijing 2008 Games.