Branded Hot Air Balloon Advertising - Worldwide

ABC was created in 2003, following a successful management buyout of Virgin Airship & Balloon Company, we are one of the UK’s leading hot air balloon operator companies. Managing Director Nick Langley had been a Hot Air Balloon Operator and a Commercial Pilot with Virgin ABC since 1987 and has flown branded hot air balloons for clients in Europe, South Africa, South America, Asia/Pacific and the United States. Nick was also part of Richard Branson’s last Around-The-World +Global Challenge Team.

At Airship & Balloon Company, we specialise in the design, management and operation of branded hot air balloons which are an innovative tool for companies running commercial marketing and advertising campaigns. Our clients admit that there is nothing which compares to a hot air balloon marketing campaign and the direct results of these are exceptional. A branded balloon enables you to get your message and branding across to thousands of people in a memorable and innovative way, which you can’t achieve through other advertising means.

Unlike others operating in the hot air balloon industry, we provide a truly unique service which is completely tailored to your specific advertising requirements and marketing goals. We also ensure that working alongside us for your hot air balloon campaign will be a pleasurable experience, with everyone at the company being committed to providing a warm, friendly service. Airship & Balloon Company will develop a tailored marketing strategy to maximise the adverting benefit of Using Your Hot Air Balloon.
Hot Air Balloon Festivals are held throughout Europe, from February until October and give brands a unique opportunity to target and interact with, members of the public on a massive scale. ABC attends many of these and other large balloons festivals and corporate events are held outside of Europe in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Mexico and the United States

The International Balloon Fiesta has been held annually in Bristol since 1979. It is the largest annual free hot air balloon event in Europe and Airship & Balloon Company have been operating our balloons there for over 40 years for our clients. Special shape hot air balloons, such as Stuart the Minion are often stars of the show and we can highly recommend attending the event with you branded hot air balloon, as part of your brands' advertising campaign. Bristol Balloon Fiesta regularly attracts over 500,000 visitors and in 2018 had a media reach, to include print, online and broadcast, of over 284.8 Million and it therefore the perfect place for most advertising campaigns! Please visit our news page for an overview of Bristol Fiesta and our marketing successes. If you are interested in being part of this or any of the many other successful hot air balloon events in the UK and indeed Worldwide, then please do contact us.
When Airship & Balloon Company operate your Branded Balloon, you can rest assured that you’re working with experienced and knowledgeable commercial pilots and balloon crew who can enhance your reputation and prove invaluable to your advertising efforts. Due to our ongoing commitment of providing the perfect hot air balloon marketing solution, we have been able to work with some of the world’s biggest brands including Universal Pictures, Audible, TATA, Abbott, Clairol, Nokia, Lucozade, Churchill, Tesco, Virgin Atlantic, BBC and many more.
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Airship & Balloon Company offers the following services:
  • Hot air balloon design and manufacture
  • Hot air balloon operation
  • Special Shape hot air balloons
  • Fully Branded Vehicles and Crew clothing
  • Hot air balloon advertising campaigns
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Tethered balloon displays
  • Hot air balloon Nightglows
  • Hot air balloons for hire
  • Wedding Day Tethers
  • Aerial marketing
  • Balloon branding
  • Aerial filming and photo shoots
  • BBC Approved Contractor
  • Inflatables

Managing Director - Nick Langley
Thirty years of commercial balloon flying experience, with a background of senior management in sales and marketing, guarantees that we deliver our Client's expectations and results - every time!
Finance Director - Sally Langley
Sally deals with all finance and Company matters.
Operations Manager - Becky Macfarlane
Becky held Management positions in Retail for 15 years, before joining ABC and runs balloon operations -

Tel: 07971-154717
Airship & Balloon Company Ltd.
82, Henbury Road,
Bristol BS10 7AA
United Kingdom
Registered in England & Wales: No 03425257