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Trip To Riat 2004

Tue Apr 13, 2004 3:21 am

I am planning the trip to the RIAT 2004 in Fairford and I would need help in the arranging of the trip. I'm traveling from Finland to UK so I need to know next things:
1. Easiest way to travel from London or Birmingham to Fairford
2. Is an accommodation (Hotel etc.) available from near the air show & can you recommend something?

I am very grateful for the answers.


PS. Is anybody from Finland leaving to the same air show?
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RE: Trip To Riat 2004

Tue Apr 13, 2004 6:41 am

Hi Marko.

I live a 20min drive from FFD  Smile Ermm the easiest way would probably be to get the bus from London to Oxford, then hmmm i dunno really. I'm sure if you phone up the people organising the show by finding a number on then you could find out about bus services.

Accomodation. ALL the Bed and Breakfasts in Fairford are usually completely full in that weekend, so i'd recommend one of those.


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RE: Trip To Riat 2004

Tue Apr 13, 2004 7:53 pm

Why not fly?!

An email which was sent to me:

To whom it may concern.

Please see below all information required to fly from Heathrow into The
Royal International Air Tattoo 2004.

The tickets go on sale Thursday April 1st.

Jacky Robertson
Marketing Executive
Tel: 01285 713300 Ext:5380
Fax: 01285 713268

British Airways Boeing 747-400
The Royal International Air Tattoo and British Airways are pleased to be
able to offer exclusive return flights from London Heathrow Airport on a
British Airways Boeing 747-400 on both Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 July to RAF

Flights will depart Heathrow at 0750, on both days, and are scheduled to
arrive at RAF Fairford at 0835. Return flights depart RAF Fairford at 1815
arriving Heathrow at 1900.

The prices for these flights are £125.00 for a return flight. Prices
include admission into the Tattoo. Passengers must carry photographic ID
and can only bring one small item of hand luggage.

To book tickets please call the British Airways booking line on
+44 (0) 161 834 5757. Credit card sales only.

High Flight donates profits to the RIAT Flying Scholarships for the Disabled
In liaison with the British Airways pilots' charity 'High Flight', all
profits will be donated to the RIAT Flying Scholarships for the Disabled
(FSD). The FSD was set up in 1983 in memory of the famous 'tin legged' World
War II fighter ace and RIAT founding president, Group Captain Sir Douglas
Bader, under the Royal Patronage of HM King Hussein of Jordan. Since the
King's death, his widow HM Queen Noor has carried on her husband's work.
More than 200 disabled men and women have on their pilot's 'wings' and now
face the world with newly restored confidence.

In addition to the amount raised for FSDs by the special flights, High
Flight raised a further £16,000 in 2003 from BA flight deck crews to fund
two FSD scholarships. An additional £4,700 worth of donations towards Flying
Scholarships for the Disabled was generated by Royal Air Force Benevolent
Fund Enterprises (RAFBFE) in 2003.

A further £100,000 was received by Flying Scholarships for the Disabled, the
proceeds from last September's Jersey Ball, which RAFBFE helped organise.
Among those who attended the event were His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Sir
John Cheshire, Sir Norman Wisdom, Gorden Kaye, former F1 racing driver Derek
Warwick and Lady Butlin.

The Royal International Air Tattoo 2004 - British Airways Fare Conditions

1. Prices: A return ticket from London Heathrow to Fairford costs £125
including all taxes, fees and charges.

2. Children: We welcome children on the flight but you must pay the
full fare for them.

3. Restrictions: You cannot change your ticket, transfer it, allow
someone else to use it or obtain a refund of the price.

4. Conditions of Carriage: British Airways will operate the flight and
our General Conditions of Carriage for passengers and baggage will apply,
except as modified below. You can find our General Conditions at

5. Check In: Check-in will be at London (Heathrow) Terminal 1 (UK
Domestic Zone). Check in will be open from 6:00am and will close at 6:50,
one hour prior to scheduled departure. Check in at Fairford will be adjacent
to the parked aircraft, commencing at 4:45pm and closing at 5:45pm.

6. Identification: You must produce a document at check-in with your
photograph on it, such as a passport or driving licence, as evidence of your

7. Baggage: We cannot accept checked baggage. You can take on board
one piece of cabin baggage no bigger than 55cm x 40cm x 20cm and no heavier
than 6kg. Unfortunately we cannot accept folding chairs or similar items.

8. Entrance Tickets: We will give you a complimentary ticket for the
Tattoo on the outward flight.

9. Flight Catering: There is no catering because of the short duration
of the flight.

10. Aircraft: We intend to use a Boeing 747. However, we reserve the
right to use another aircraft type if operational requirements make this

11. Cancellation: If either the Tattoo or the flight is cancelled we
will refund you the full cost of your ticket. If only the return sector is
cancelled we will refund you half the cost of your ticket and arrange
transport for you back to London Heathrow.

12. BA Miles: No BA Miles or points can be earned on this flight.

13. Nature of Flight: We will donate all revenue, after deduction of
costs, to 'High Flight' the British Airways Flight Crew charity to support
the Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for the Disabled
(RIAT FSD) set up in memory of Sir Douglas Bader. A similar event last year
raised in excess of £30,000 for the charity.

Simon -
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RE: Trip To Riat 2004

Wed Apr 14, 2004 12:38 am

Wow, I would love to fly there...
Must be great... not only because I've never been at an airshow before  Smile
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