British Airways to Open Pop-up Exhibition in HK

British Airways presents 80 years of flying to Hong Kong this year with a unique exhibition held at the University of Hong Kong. The HK80 Exhibition will be open to the public until June 30 and will showcase artefacts and memorabilia to help tell the vivid story of British Airways connecting Hong Kong and the United Kingdom over the past 80 years.

“We are extremely proud of our heritage as the pioneers of Hong Kong’s civil aviation,” says Noella Ferns, British Airways’ regional general manager, Greater China and the Philippines. “To celebrate this special milestone, we are excited to bring British Airways’ first pop-up heritage museum to Hong Kong so that our customers can take a trip down memory lane and see how the airline has changed over the years.”

The airline has collaborated with postgraduate students from the Media, Culture and Creative Cities Programme at the University of Hong Kong to help research and interview British Airways’ loyal customers and long serving staff about their experiences and memories of the airline over the years. The resulting exhibition has been curated by the British Chinese Heritage Centre of the Ming-Ai Institute, with additional materials provided by the British Airways’ Heritage Museum, both located in the United Kingdom. The theme of the exhibition focuses on British Airways as the pioneer of Hong Kong’s civil aviation and the role it has been playing in connecting people from both places.

HK80 will take visitors through the history and timeline of British Airways’ service to Hong Kong, with collections of memories taken from customers and cabin crew; artefacts from the airline’s in-flight service, including different uniforms and menus; and a look at home the change in Hong Kong’s food culture and fashion through the development of the Hong Kong route. The HK80 exhibition will be located in the MC³@702 Creative Space, Level 7 of the Jockey Club Tower, The University of Hong Kong.

Until the end of April, British Airways will also serve a selection of celebratory dishes for the 80th anniversary on board flights to and from London. These specialist dishes take their inspiration from previous British Airways menus dating back to the 1950s and 60s, using locally sourced ingredients. The special dishes include Hong Kong-style barbecue chicken with stir-fried kai-lan; Cantonese chicken noodle soup with prawn wontons; roasted duck breast in kumquat sauce; and Portuguese egg tart.


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