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    Katherine Jenkins and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet perform first-ever ballet and musical performance in the sky

    Airplane Arabesques: British Airways Hosts First Ever In-Flight Bolshoi Ballet

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    The world's first ever Bolshoi Ballet musical has been performed 50 kilometers above the earth on a flight from London Heathrow to Moscow.

    Marking the start of British Airways' new luxury Dreamliner flights to Russia, Welsh songstress Katherine Jenkins boarded the aircraft along with stars from the Bolshoi Theater and performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow for the passengers and crew on the new jet.

    ​"We are honored to be part of this very first flight to Moscow and unite the heart and soul of classical Russian culture with an iconic British brand such as British Airways in this performance on board," Artemy Beyakov, leading soloist from the Bolshoi Theater said.

    We loved the creative challenge of using the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner as our stage, and the experience was as memorable for us as it was for the audience."

    Katherine Jenkins and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet perform first-ever ballet and musical performance in the sky
    © Photo : British Airways
    Katherine Jenkins and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet perform first-ever ballet and musical performance in the sky

    "Ballet in the sky takes it to a whole new level," dancer Olga Marchenkova added.

    ​Katherine Jenkins said she was delighted to have been invited to perform in the sky: "I have always been excited to sing in Russia due to its deep and rich history in the arts, and performing alongside dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet was a very special experience for me."

    Katherine Jenkins and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet perform first-ever ballet and musical performance in the sky
    © Photo : British Airways
    Katherine Jenkins and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet perform first-ever ballet and musical performance in the sky

    ​And it won't have been too much of a hardship either, the new BA weekly flights has only eight seats in first class, rather than the usual 14, which the airline says offers customers "even greater exclusivity and privacy," and clearly enough room for the Bolshoi Ballet to perform in the sky.

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