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British Airways to Fly the British & Irish Lions to South Africa on June 27th for Lions Tour

British Airways will fly the 37-strong British & Irish Lions squad on June 27, 2021 for the Lions Tour. The team will travel on a charter flight directly from Edinburgh to Johannesburg following the 1888 Cup clash against Japan at BT Murrayfield Stadium on June 26th at 3pm.


British Airways to Fly the British & Irish Lions to South Africa This Summer - Courtesy British Airways

On Tuesday (June 15, 2021), British Airways announced that they will fly the 37-strong British & Irish Lions squad on a charter flight directly from Edinburgh to Johannesburg for the long-awaited Lions tour on June 27, 2021. The flight will follow the June 26th Vodaphone 1888 Cup clash against Japan at BT Murrayfield stadium. With the Lions’ arriving in Johannesburg, the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will be embarking on an eight game tour of South Africa, including three Tests against World Champions, the Springboks. Both the Springboks and British & Irish Lions will be carried across South Africa by British Airways’ franchise partner, Comair.


In Tuesday’s announcement, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, Sean Doyle, said,


“We are honoured to be flying The British & Irish Lions to South Africa ahead of their tour. After a difficult year, we look forward to uniting the nation through sport and cheering them on. From everyone at British Airways, we wish them the best of luck and hope to carry them home as champions.”


The British & Irish Lions’ Managing Director, Ben Calveley, added,


“We are delighted to be flying with British Airways for the 2021 Castle Lager Lions Series. We know the squad and management will receive a warm welcome from British Airways staff and enjoy a safe, comfortable journey to South Africa, landing in Johannesburg ready to take on the world champions.”

British Airways is further reinforcing their commitment to sport, as the carrier is currently the Principal Partner of Twickenham Stadium, Official Partner to England Rugby, and has been the Official Airline Partner to Team GB and Paralympics GB since 2008. The British & Irish Lions have toured South Africa on 13 previous occasions, with the first Tour taking place in 1891. During that period the Lions won four Test series, lost eight with one draw. The squad’s overall record against the Springboks is played 46, won 17, lost 23 and drawn six.


2021 Castle Lager Lions Series Schedule - Courtesy British Airways

Source: British Airways