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May 18, 2018

Stuart the Minion hot air balloon will be visiting Asia for the first time, when Airship & Balloon Company attend the Taiwan Ballon Festival. He will be the star of the show and will be floating above Taitung at various times from June 29 until July 15. Watch our Instagram feed for pictures of our favourite hot air balloon in this spectacular location.

April 22, 2018 - Virgin London Marathon

For the tenth year, Airship & Balloon Company were appointed by London Marathon to manage the hot air balloons, which have become a focal point for runners, spectators TV and media, at the Start,on Blackheath Common. This year's activity began with light winds and shallow fog, but finised with a strong and gusty wind which blew across the Heath. Pilots and crew worked very hard for almost 3 hours, controlling the massive balloons and used over 1,500 litres of Liquid Propane Gas. Existing Clients, TATA and Abbott were in attendance, but this was the first appearance for our new client Audible and ABC was pleased to show Bryony and Ricky from Audible, their new marketing tool. Both were 'blown away' by the very disctinctive balloon, which will be making future appearances at other large events. Thanks to the ABC Crew, Sue, Chris, Richard, Robin, Claire, Kevin and Iain for your professionalism and hard work.

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March 2018 -

Becky Macfarlane joins ABC as Operations Manager. Becky has worked in Retail Management for the past 15 years but, uniquely, has been involved in hot air ballooning for all of her life having had her first flight in the late 1980s. Becky can be contacted at

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September 2017

360 degree interactive video, of Prison Stuart, Minion Special Shape Balloon, flown by ABC during 2017.

August 2017

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta was a massive success for Airship & Balloon Company Clients and passengers from ABC Flights. The weather was patchy to start the Fiesta, but soon gave us memorable flights and massive crowds - 400,000 visitors over 3 days.

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Summer 2017

Twente Balloon Festival, Netherlands - Stuart the Minion was the star of the show.

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April 2017

After 5 weeks on Standby, we flew our new Minion Balloon across the English Channel on April 7, as part of the Guinness World Record attempt. The flight was amazing and Stuart the Minion generated worldwide publicity for our Client, Universal Pictures. Thanks to the ABC Flight Team, Sue, Robin and Graham, for all of your hard work - Nick Langley

Drone footage of Stuart balloon leaving England, for his trip across the Channel to France……
Prison Stuart balloon and support vessel - with Minion landing pad - part way across the English Channel!
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Stuart the Minion on Tour - 2017

Following our Cross Channel flight with Prison Stuart, we toured Europe, visiting Germany, Belgium, Spain, UK, France, Italy and Netherlands, during the summer. The reception we received was amazing and Stuart made lots of new friends.
Bonn, Waregem, Igualada, Metz, Todi, Bristol, Twente, Sint Niklaas and Warstein were extraordinary events to attend and ABC would like to thank everyone for their support.

We will have a Showreel of our Tour on the website in due course - we've met some great people and flown in some fabulous locations. Stuart has been photographed by thousands of people and he has met lots of Minion supporters!
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April 2017

Virgin London Marathon was a great success for ABC's balloons - we appeared live on BBC and were seen at the Start Line on Blackheath Common, by 50,000 runners!

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