Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - 2018

Despite the weather turning breezy over the Fiesta weekend, we were delighted with the TV and SM coverage which our balloons delivered for Clients Universal Pictures and Shield Environmental. We were live on ITV and the Guardian carried a superb picture of both balloons tethered for the massive crowds. The free flight from Ashton Court to Durham Downs, where around 100 balloons landed, was memorable. A big thanks to the ABC Pilots and Crew from Sally, Bex and myself for your hard work.

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August 9, 2018

Press Day at Bristol has been very busy today with BBC, ITV and Sky broadcasting live from Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.
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August 8, 2018
Having arrived back in Bristol on Monday, after 3 weeks in Taiwan - and 2 very long aircraft flights - Stuart the Minion will be appearing at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta tomorrow. We are very excited that he is attending and hope that the weather is kind to us. One of his new friends will also be there.
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Also appearing at this year's Balloon Fiesta will be our new Client, Shield Environmental, who will have their branded balloon tethering and free-flying on Thursday and Friday.
July 15 2018

Stuart the Minion visited the Taiwan Balloon Festival in July and was the star of the show with hundreds of people each day, taking selfies at the basket. We did a live TV broadcast for national TV from the basket, on a very long tether and managed to include a picture of Pilot Nick Langley eating one of Stuart's favourite snacks - BANANA!

June 28 2018 - Stuart the Minion really 'wow'd the crowd' and we hope to be visiting Asia again in 2019.

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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 Balloon 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. Like us on Facebook.

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. Social Media went mad - even Carol Vorderman jopined in!

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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. We visited 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.

During the Tour 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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