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What Happens in Vegas Comes to London-Gatwick with British Airways' New Route

Where: Gatwick Airport, London, United Kingdom
November 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM | by | ()

Showgirls in their scanties and an open champagne bar aren’t what you’d normally expect at London-Gatwick Airport at 9am on a Monday, but what happens in Vegas came to London this week, as Gatwick came over all Sin City in honor of British Airways’ inaugural LGW-LAS flight, which left on Monday.

Showgirls, Cirque du Soleil-style performers, a pianist and a bar, Oscar’s—named after former mayor and Vegas man about town Oscar Goodman—were doing their stuff in the check-in hall, while, through security, an Elvis impersonator (attended by two more showgirls) took up residence at Duty-Free. There were speeches from Silla Maizey, BA's Gatwick Managing Director, as well as the Vegas tourist board. There was even a cake cutting ceremony! Unsurprisingly, most people gravitated to the sequins and champagne.

The only sadness? The performers weren’t actually from Vegas, though the inaugural flight was met by two real showgirls upon arrival (maybe the real Oscar Goodman wouldn’t let his pet women out of his sight for the day). But full marks for trying; as an airport stunt, it was pretty ace, and it was lovely to see an airline doing something that got real travellers involved, rather than, um, being all for the cameras.

The new route flies three times a week between Gatwick and Vegas (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday), adding to BA's daily flights from Heathrow. Following in the footsteps of the countless men who sidled up to the showgirls, cameras in hand, we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

[Photos: Jaunted]

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