British Airways hosts Suicide Squad Pre-Screening reception
Actor, producer, musician and philanthropist Will Smith took part in an exclusive British Airways hosted event in advance of his latest blockbuster Suicide Squad.
The event included a Q&A session in which the Academy Award nominee and four-time Grammy winner spoke about his role in the new action adventure movie, travel experiences and other insights.
The Hollywood icon, who stars as supervillain Deadshot in his most recent role, entertained 75 British Airways’ VIP guests during the exclusive session held at the Noir Lounge at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. During the intimate Q&A session Smith talked with British Airways’ Senior First Officer & Assistant Pilot Recruitment Manager Andy Perkins and Senior First Officer Will Swinburn about preparing for such a character and which fellow Suicide Squad member he would most like to fly with.
“We have been travelling a lot, there are about 10 of us and we have been travelling for about a month. Captain Boomerang played by Jai Courtney, he would be the best travelling buddy as he is unbound by the necessity to wear clothes. He certainly knows how to have fun,” Smith commented.
Talking about his character in the movie, he noted that it made a good change to play a bad guy as he hadn’t played many in his career, and that playing Deadshot had been a fun role as he “wasn’t bound by morality”.
Smith, who has travelled extensively to promote the movie added that there are still destinations on his bucket list that he would like to visit or film in: “I would like to go to the Maldives and I haven’t done a lot in Indonesia. I would like to travel through there. Those are the top ones on my list.”
Talking about meeting the 47-year-old star, British Airways’ Andy Perkins said: “It’s not every day you get to interview a superstar like Will Smith. His films are enjoyed by British Airways passengers in the air every day of the week and I’m pleased to report that he was just as entertaining in real life.”
British Airways’ route network currently serves more than 200 destinations in 75 countries. It has been flying to Singapore for over 80 years and currently operates twice-daily flights between London Heathrow to Singapore, and daily flights between Singapore and Sydney.
The airline operates from the state-of-the-art Terminal 5 at London Heathrow, which is exclusive to British Airways’ and Iberia Airlines’ customers and is capable of handling 30 million customers a year. In March 2015, Terminal 5 was named by Skytrax as the Best Airport Terminal for the fourth year running. London Heathrow Airport also won the Best Airport Shopping award.
In September 2015, World Traveller Plus, the premium economy cabin available on selected long haul routes, was awarded the Best Premium Economy by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific. In October 2015, British Airways and its frequent flyer programme, Executive Club, was awarded the Best Short-Haul Carrier and the Best Frequent Flyer Programme by Business Traveller for the 10th consecutive year. The oneworld alliance, of which British Airways was a founding airline, came in first in the Best Airline Alliance category for the third year running.
In February 2016, British Airways was also named the top Business and Consumer Superbrand at the Superbrands 2016 Awards, becoming the first brand to win both prestigious titles two years in a row.