British Airways BA 2119: Flight of the Future Exhibition now open

BA 2119: Flight of the Future exhibition

 

British Airways’ BA 2119: Flight of the Future exhibition in collaboration with the Royal College of Art is now open at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

The exhibition, which is free to enter and runs until August 26, is part of the airline’s centenary celebrations and explores the next 100 years of flying.

The exhibition also includes a one-of-a kind, full motion, virtual reality experience, Fly. Built by award winning VR creators and an Oscar-winning practical effects team, Fly enables visitors to become a time-travelling pilot, from the earliest imaginings of Leonard da Vinci and his ornithopter, to the Wright Brothers’ success on Kitty Hawk, to that first inaugural passenger flight to Paris. Users will experience Concorde, the brand new A350 and the imagined flight of future.

BA 2119: FLIGHT OF THE FUTURE

Presented by British Airways

1 – 26 August 2019 

As an island nation, the Brits have long been open and curious about the world. It is that pioneering and creative spirit that led British Airways’ predecessor Air Transport and Travel (AT&T) to make the world’s first scheduled international flight from Hounslow Heath to Paris on 25 August 1919 in a single-engine De Havilland DH4A.

Since then, the airline hasn’t looked back, pioneering longer courses in bigger flying machines to bring Britain to the world and the world to Britain and moving from just one flight to France to more than 800 flights a day to 200 destinations around the globe.

All that in 100 years. So where will be 100 years from now? What will aviation look like in 20 years, 40 years, 60 years and beyond?

Through in-depth research, and in partnership with the Royal College of Art and world-leading virtual realists, British Airways presents BA 2119: Flight of the Future. An exhibition at Saatchi Gallery which seeks to push the boundaries of imagination and explore how future generations will circumnavigate the globe in a world of advanced jet propulsion, hyper personalisation, automation, AI, modular transport, sustainability, health and entertainment. We hope you enjoy it.

EXHIBITION ENTRY: FREE
FLY – VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE: £20

Book your tickets here


(Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)


Immerse yourself in the evolution of flight through a first-of-its-kind interactive, multisensory virtual reality experience that traces humankind’s relationship with flight.

Built by multiple award-winning VR creators and an Oscar-winning practical effects team, Fly turns you into a time-travelling pilot, from the earliest imaginings of Leonard da Vinci and his ornithopter, to the Wright Brothers’ first successful attempt at Kitty Beach, to British Airways’ predecessor, Air Transport and Travel’s inaugural flight to Paris. Travel on Concorde before jumping to today’s A350 and onwards to a possible vision of the future of aviation.

8-minute experience: £20 per ticket 

Tickets for Fly are subject to availability and available from www.ba.com/ba2119

The full motion Fly experience is set on a large motion platform which is unsuitable for pregnant users or users under 140cm in height. Not recommended for children under 10 years of age.


(Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

FLY FAQs

WHAT IS FLY?
FLY explores mankind’s relationship to flight through a multi-sensory, interactive virtual reality experience, that is experienced on top of a custom-built motion platform.

HOW LONG SHOULD I EXPECT TO BE INSIDE FLY?
The FLY experience takes 10 minutes. FLY is housed in an interactive installation and there is a broader exhibit on The Future of Flight from the Royal College of Art (the Exhibition).

CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I AM PREGNANT OR HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION?
As this experience involves motion, participation is not recommended if you are pregnant, medically unfit or regularly suffer from motion sickness. If you do participate then you do so at your own risk.

IS THE EXPERIENCE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?
The experience is only suitable for children or adults over 140cm or 4ft 6inches. And any person under the age of 18 must be accompanied to the gallery by an adult.

CAN I CHANGE MY BOOKING OR GET A REFUND?
Exchanges and refunds are not available.

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY?
The Venue is wheelchair accessible but we are sorry to say that the main motion platform is not accessible for wheelchair users. A headset to view the experience will be available for adults who are unable to access the motion platform. Please contact us on info@picthisproductions.com if you have any other queries about accessibility.

I HAVE A CARER, WILL THEY BE ABLE TO ACCOMPANY ME?
The exhibition space is free entry so your carer does not need to purchase ticket in order to accompany you.

I HAVE ALLERGIES, WILL I BE AFFECTED BY THE SCENTS YOU USE IN THE EXPERIENCE?
This experience includes scent, designed to enhance your experience of the installation. The fragrance is regulated to the European and global laws under IFFRA. If you are particularly concerned about the impact of the ingredients used on your allergies, please get in touch at info@picthisproductions.com for this information.

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN PARTICIPATE AT A TIME?
FLY is a single experience so only one person can book into any given 15 minute interval on the main motion platform.

HOW EARLY SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR MY VISIT?
You should arrive ten minutes before the time on your ticket.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I ARRIVE LATE?
We cannot guarantee entry if you arrive after your scheduled time.

CAN I TAKE PHOTOS?
No photos can be taken while on the motion platform but you are more than welcome to take photographs of the installation, when not actually on the platform.

CAN I BUY TICKETS IN PERSON?
Tickets are available online in advance for all experience slots. Tickets will be available on the day subject to availability – we recommend you purchase your tickets in advance wherever possible.

I CAN’T SEE OR PRINT MY CONFIRMATION EMAIL
Please rest assured that our team will be able to look up your booking when you arrive.

IS THERE A PLACE TO STORE MY BELONGINGS?
You are encouraged not to bring bags as they will not be allowed into the experience.

I’M HARD OF HEARING OR PARTIALLY SIGHTED, SHOULD I TAKE PART?
Due to the complexity of the sound design, unfortunately no hearing loop facility is available however there are visual and other sensory components to the installation. Any instructions will be verbally given by the ushers at the start of the experience, but they will be available in large print if required. A headset to view the experience will be available for adults who are unable to access the motion platform. Please contact us at info@picthisproductions.com if you have further enquiries.

WILL IT BE SCARY?
The experience is not frightening – it is both relaxing and at times exciting. An usher will be positioned within the space and on hand if you require any assistance.

IS STROBE LIGHTING, FLASHING IMAGE, SMOKE OR HAZE USED AS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE?
None of the above will be used within the experience.