Two twin captain brothers, Jeremy and Nick Hart after landing their flights 30 seconds apart retired from their posts at the British Airways. By landing their planes together, they marked their 60th birthday. By touching down at Heathrow airport for the final time, Nick and Jeremy celebrated their birthday. This made the retirement of the twin brothers highly remarkable and provided a reason to be notable by almost every other person.
Nick landed his flight exactly after thirty seconds at Geneva after his twin brother Jeremy landed his flight in Gothenburg. Jeremy expressed his happiness on retiring alongside his brother. He described the retirement alongside his brother Nick as “a good way to finish.”
Nick from Banbury, Oxfordshire expressed his feelings on retirement by saying the words “Like every aeroplane has its last landing, so does a pilot.” He added that he and his twin brother supported each other to the fullest whenever the career was in question and never had a rivalry. It might be thought by the accompanying British Airways pilots that they might also have been taking flights for each other as they were quite similar in looks.
The twins who were born 30 minutes apart said that they have often been mistaken for each other but have never flown together as they were both captains. One of the reasons for never flying together was their senior rank. The British Airways authorities would agree that the discipline of these twin brothers is what kept them working together at the airlines for this long period. Jeremy and Nick have clocked up 45,000 hours between them.
Jeremy spent almost 29 years flying for the British Airways and took hundreds of flights while Nick spent almost 5 years at the British Airways. The remaining of Nick’s career was spent at British Midland which later became a part of the British Airways in 2012, but it can be noted that Nick talks more of the British Airways than the British Midland mainly because his brother had been accompanying him at the airlines.
As Jeremy and Nick retired from their posts, the colleagues at British Airways expressed their sentiments. James Basnett, a British Airways’ head airbus pilot said: “They arrived in the world 30 minutes apart, flew the same aircraft on the same airline, and then departed in the same manner that they arrived – minutes apart. A fitting finale to long and impressive careers and I know that they will be sorely missed on the fleet.” They came to the world 30 minutes apart, and they land their flights 30 seconds apart at the end of the career. This has been a huge coincidence.
In 1987, Jeremy joined British Airways while Nick joined in 2012 from British Midland 5 years ago when the airline was taken over by the British Airways. When Nick joined British Airways, he was often mistaken as Jeremy by British Airways pilots though they were not identical twins. They had been mistaken for each other because of the very similar looks and voice. Nick said, on an encounter with a BA pilot who mistaken him for Jeremy, it took quite an effort to explain that he was not Jeremy but his twin brother. He said: “Jerry had never mentioned to his colleagues at British Airways that he had a twin brother who flew for British Midland, and one day a British Airways pilot strode over to me at Heathrow and asked what on earth I thought I was doing dressing up in a British Midland uniform.”
Nick upon landing from Geneva at 12:35 told the press: “I have 28 years short-haul flying. That is about 11,000 flights. It is at least 1.2 million passengers.” As Nick talks about his time at the airlines along with his brother Jeremy, it is evident that the five years of his career at the British Airlines are going to be very memorable for him.
Jeremy proclaims that most of his flights were over Heathrow and he spent a significant time flying with millions of passengers. Jeremy at an event in Gothenburg, Sweden on landing an Airbus A320 at 12:34 BST said: “I have spent more than two and a half years in air – a lot of it in the holding pattern over Heathrow.”
The number of years spent at the airlines by Jeremy and Nick is one of the reasons that the brothers will surely miss their journey at the British Airways; as evident from their words and especially by Jeremy who worked for almost thirty years – from the start of his career until the end. Undoubtedly, it will be the same for the personnel at British Airways as they spent years on the fleet with them.