Airship & Balloon Company History

How it all started. The company can trace it's roots back to 1981 when Mike Kendrick, trading as Lighter Than Air Limited used a hot-air airship to promote the soft drinks giant Pepsi; In 1987 Mike Kendrick teamed up with Hugh Band (at the time, head of marketing for Virgin Atlantic Airways) to form Airship and Balloon Company.

1986: Nick Langley checked out and gained his Commercial Pilot Licence. Nick joins ABC.
Airship and Balloon Company joins Richard Branson's Virgin Group of companies.
Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand cross the Atlantic in a hot air balloon
1989: Richard Branson and Don Cameron in April Fools stunt, with a Flying Saucer balloon, next to M25
Name changed to Virgin Airship and Balloon Company
1991: Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand cross the Pacific in a hot air balloon
1997: BBC launches new BBC One ident., using Special Shape hot air balloon.
Hasbro celebrate Action Man with the
worlds most complicated hot air balloon.
1998: ICO Global Challenger attempts non stop flight around the world from Marrakech
2003: Company Buyout by Nick Langley forming Airship & Balloon Company
2004 - 2015: Major sponsorship contracts with Tesco, Lloyds Bank, Soothers,
Churchill Insurance,, Procter & Gamble, Nokia, Clairol,, Lucozade.
Management of balloons at Start of Virgin London Marathon.
Approved Supplier status to BBC TV for Aerial Filming.
Public Transport balloon flights company ABC Flights Ltd. formed and approved by Civil Aviation Authority - Air Operator Certificate BL212.
European Tour with Despicable Me2 special shape balloons, for Universal Pictures block buster film.
2016: TATA Consultancy Services joins ABC’s list of Clients with brand new balloon, launched at Virgin London Marathon.
2017: Newly branded balloon for Abbott unveiled at Virgin London Marathon and European Tour for Despicable Me3 movie launched, with flight across English Channel with Prison Stuart, for Guinness World Record attempt. Minion Tour visited 8 European Countries.
2018: Brand new balloon commissioned for major brand, launched at the Virgin London Marathon.

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