World’s highest ballet performance has taken place on a plane

Katherine Jenkins was joined by dancers from Bolshoi Ballet at 41,000ft for BA's new London-Moscow service.

Neil Churchill November 3, 2016

If you’re one of those people who can fall asleep on a plane before it’s taken off and wake up as you approach landing, then chances are you’ve missed a thing or two while being up in the sky.

If you happened to be on the inaugural British Airways 787-9 flight from London to Moscow yesterday, then you really did miss some special in-flight entertainment.  

Dancers from the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet and classical singer Katherine Jenkins staged a very unique and stirring performance at 41,000 feet. Watch the video above. 

The mini recital, in the Club World cabin, was to celebrate the launch of BA’s new Dreamliner service between Heathrow and Russia’s capital.

Stars of the legendary Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Artemy Belyakov and Olga Marchenkova, danced their way down the aisles – including a careful lift – while the Welsh mezzo-soprano gave a spine-tingling rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

“Being a part of the oldest ballet theatre in the world, dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet have performed in some incredible places over the past 240 years – but ballet in the sky takes it to a whole new level!” said Marchenkova. 

The new Dreamliner service also introduced the airline’s new First cabin to the route, with just eight seats ensuring complete privacy for well-heeled travellers. We can only imagine what performance they had.