Community Champions Flight on spectacular British Airways i360

We're seeking community heroes for a preview flight on British Airways i360.

Friday, 17th June 2016, 9:25 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:59 am
British Airways i360 is due to open this summer. Photo: Kevin Meredith

We have teamed up with British Airways i360 in Brighton to seek out local heroes to win a place on a Community Champions Flight before the attraction opens to the public this summer.

We are looking for nominations from people or their friends and family who think they deserve to win this unique and exciting opportunity because they are someone who stands out from the crowd for being someone really exceptional.

Perhaps they have done something truly brave or endured a difficult experience or illness showing good humour and great courage; perhaps they have helped others and made a huge and positive difference in their local community.

Who do you think deserves to fly on British Airways i360’s Community Champions Flight? Our local winner, along with three guests, will join heroes from across the region on this one-off free flight.

British Airways i360 is conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye. With an overall height of 162m, and an observation pod that rises from ground level to 138m above Brighton beach, British Airways i360 will be the world’s tallest moving observation tower when it opens in summer 2016. Each ‘flight’ will carry up to 200 visitors at a time to enjoy unprecedented views of the city of Brighton and the landscape of the South Downs National Park. The attraction’s visitor centre will incorporate a 400-seat restaurant, a gift shop, a children’s play zone, an exhibition space, and conference and event facilities.

British Airways i360 holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s most slender tower, with a diameter of just 3.9 metres at its widest point.

Sited at the root end of Brighton’s historic West Pier, British Airways i360 will breathe new life into this area of the seafront, creating a ‘vertical pier’ with an elegant, modern design that looks to the future while respecting the heritage of the site. British Airways i360 has worked with the West Pier Trust to rebuild two of the original West Pier toll booths using Victorian building techniques. The reconstructed buildings now grace the entrance to British Airways i360, and will house a tea room and ticket office.

How to enter:

To nominate someone in your community who you think deserves to have a preview flight on British Airways i360, to enter, visit the website of our sister newspaper in Brighton - the Brighton Independent.

Terms and conditions:

Sussex Newspaper’s editor in chief Gary Shipton will select the winner. The date is not yet fixed for the Community Champions Flight, but the winner will be informed 14 days before and the date cannot be changed.