British Airways recreates famous NYC photo to mark the return of transatlantic travel

The airline celebrates new ruling that Brits can visit the U.S.

Published On
Sep 23, 2021

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British Airways is marking the return of Brits to the U.S. this week with a tactical ad that cleverly recreates an iconic New York City photograph.

The creative, running in paid social, press, digital out-of-home and on BA's own channels, debuts two days after President Biden's decision this week to let vaccinated British visitors into the U.S. from November, in an easing of coronavirus rules. Although Americans have been able to visit the U.K. over the summer, there has been no reciprocal arrangement and the ruling paves the way for airlines to ramp up their transatlantic schedules.

WPP's Team Horizon, run out of Ogilvy London, took the famous photograph "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper," originally shot by Charles Clyde Ebbets during the construction of Rockefeller Center in the 1930s, and reshot and recast it so that all the construction workers in the image appear to be looking up to the sky to a plane overhead. Photographer Adam Hinton was charged with matching the ad to the original image in painstaking detail. 

“t doesn’t get any bigger or more iconic than the route to New York and the USA re-opening—it’s fantastic news after such a long wait to fly and we wanted to re-create an iconic image to match.” said Jules Chalkley, chief executive creative director at Team Horizon, in a statement.


Sep 23, 2021
Client :
British Airways
Agency :
WPP Team Horizon
Head of Brands and Marketing :
Hamish McVey
Manager Global Campaigns & Content :
Kathryn Marriot
Global Communications Manager :
Eilidh Nielsen
Campaign Manager :
Amy Johnson
Chief Creative Officer :
Andre Dede Laurentino
Chief Executive Creative Director :
Jules Chalkley
Executive Creative Director :
Sam Cartmell
Creative :
Nicola Wood
Creative :
Andy Forrest
WPP Horizon Lead :
Craig Burleigh
Strategy Director :
Bianca Novaes
Business Director :
Hannah Gage
Account Director :
Lucy Ashworth
Programme Director :
Natalie Pickering
Print Producer :
Jodi Woodhouse-Ward
Print Producer :
Lesley Scott
Design Lead :
Sian Hughes
Designer :
Dom Flaherty
Senior Project Manager :
Celia Vazquez
Photographer :
Adam Hinton
Agent :
Rose Mullings
Agent :
Wyatt Clarke & Jones
Casting :
Sue Odell
Stylist :
Lisa Dredge
Stylist :
-Serious Boy Productions
Post Production :
Curious Productions

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