Our Story

It all began in 2014, over a pint of Sussex Ale. Brian Smith and James Palmer, a decade or two separated by age, but not much else, joined together in their passion for hot-air ballooning. Brian had a career spanning over 40 years in commercial aviation and James hailed from the corporate entertainment world. They put their heads and experience together…and so Airworks Worldwide was born, a hot-air balloon company, flying brands worldwide.


Two years later, born of a desire to bring elegance and serenity back to ballooning, the luxury passenger charter arm of the business was created – British Balloon Flights.

Once you have flown you will walk with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you long to return

Leonardo da Vinci