British Airways Flying Start 10th Anniversary

Cloud9Media have a long-standing video partnership with British Airways and Comic Relief, so when BA approached us to make a video celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Flying Start campaign, they knew they were in good hands.

They needed something fun, lively, and engaging to encompass all of the incredible things that the partnership has achieved, as well as it being suited for broadcast internally and on their social channels. We dove into both the Cloud9 and BA archives and put together a short, punchy video that holds nothing back in delivering the message.


BA Flying Start – The Power of Sport

This is a longer film used by British Airways internally to raise awareness for their massive fundraising mechanism, off the back of the in-flight film that is currently running on all long-haul flights.

For this film we went for life through the eyes of three British Airways cabin crew, and the two projects they visited in Sheffield and Johannesburg.

Seeing the world of others through the eyes of passionate champions for the brand is a great formula to share experiences and get people thinking along the same lines.


Flying Start: The Ripple Effect

Working in partnership with Comic Relief and building on our understanding of British Airways’ brand requirements, we devised a concept for this inflight fundraising film, based on capturing real interviews with the real change-makers of the future from two sides of the world. The ripple effect of our actions can have a wide-reaching impact.

This film is currently played 40 minutes before landing on all mid- and long-haul flights.

We also made an accompanying Longer Version for internal colleague engagement that is a core part of British Airways’ Flying Start campaign.

Flying Start has raised over £25 million to date from inflight and colleague donations.


The Birth of Surfers Not Street Children

As part of our long-standing relationship with British Airways’ Community Investment team, Cloud9Media spent time in Durban, South Africa with Tom Hewitt and his crew of ex-street kids now-surfing professionals know as Surfers Not Street Children. Apart from their partnership with Comic Relief, British Airways offer annual bursaries to individual projects around the world that they feel are providing long-term sustainable development to the community. Durban has a long history of homelessness and street crime, so a surfing project that can engage young street-children and give them some life-changing guidance can making a huge impact. Once we actually managed to get all the kids in the same place at the same time (“it’s like herding cats” said Tom in despair) hanging out with these bright enthusiastic young guys was the highlight – you could feel the energy coming from them, all buzzing from the experience of surfing and being filmed. One requested a coffee with seven sugars which probably contributed to the general energy level.


Flying Start: South Africa

In our latest of our ongoing relationship with British Airways and Comic Relief, this time we took our cameras to a baby club in the outskirts of Cape Town. All storyboards went out the window when faced with toddlers on the loose; that energy was manifest in the film!


Flying Start: a £20 million Celebration

The delivery of a project isn’t the end of the road for your footage. To celebrate hitting £20 million in donations with their Flying Start campaign, British Airways commissioned us to make a compilation film using footage from all of the projects we’ve done with them so far. Reusing footage reminds your audience of the incredible work you’ve done, while also maximising your return on investment for each project. We can also incorporate your own footage into reedits too!


Community Investment – The Dafne Sheldrick Trust

They say never to work with children or animals. With baby elephants being over-friendly (and boy do they push!) filming at the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was no exception. Thankfully British Airways use their network of people, planes and goodwill to bring help to orphaned elephants in Kenya. It’s reassuring that large corporations can use their core skills to help more than just passengers.

An experience never to be forgotten.


Community Investment: The One Brand

Travelling for 2 days over miles of bumpy road to the most remote part of Northern Kenya, Turkana was well worth it just to witness the power of corporate charity partnership. With the help of British Airways flying out water pump parts, the One Brand have been providing clean drinking water to isolated communities affected by drought and war, giving them the chance to live fulfilling and happy lives.

Our relationship with the One Brand has continued to this day.