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Lighter Than Air steal the show at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Lighter Than Air’s mischievous duo Oons Kearlke and Oons Wiefke have stolen the show at the 2016 Canberra Balloon Spectacular. The loveable duo have entertained the crowds celebrating the 30th Canberra Balloon Festival in Australia’s capital city.

Helped by a dedicated team of volunteers from the Southern Tablelands 4WD Club and the Canberra Water Police, Lighter Than Air’s world famous shapes have flown and tethered daily for the gathered public.

To book Oons Wiefke and Oons Kearlke for your event, or for more information on advertising with hot air balloons, contact Paul Burrows on 07771 765083 or Paul@ltair.co.uk

For more information on the Bristol Balloon Fiesta visit www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

Busby to fly in New Jersey!


Busby the Queens Guard is set to kick off his 2018 North American Tour at the QuickChek Festival of Ballooning in Readington New Jersey during the last weekend in July.

The QuickChek festival, considered one of the top ballooning events in North America, takes place annually on Solberg Airfield and see’s upwards of 100 balloons take to the skies during the morning and evening ascents.  In addition there are daily concerts and numerous trade and crafts stands to help you enjoy your visit.

To find out more about the QuickChek festival of ballooning and to arrange your visit go to www.balloonfestival.com.


To enquire about Busby the Queens Guard, Buster the Bulldog or advertising and corporate hot air balloons contact Paul@ltair.co.uk or Paul Burrows on +447771 765083.



Philippines First for Lighter Than Air LTD

Aviation history was made at the Philippines International Balloon Fiesta when twin brothers Anthony and Timothy Green launched their paragliders from a hot air balloon.

Lighter Than Air pilot Paul Burrows carried the twins to 7000 feet above Clarke Airbase in a Cameron special shape hot air balloon G-CIGK.

Once the balloon was stable the boys lowered their chutes over the side of the basket, climbed onto the edge and jumped headfirst into the early morning sky.

For more information on hot air balloon advertising and aerial marketing contact Paul Burrows on 07771 765083 or Paul@ltair.co.uk

Following a successful visit in 2010 the team were back in 2013 with a specially branded Cameron A120.

The balloon was tethered at Al Ain Zoo for the press launch where the team were joined by pilots from around the globe as well as the Sultan who enjoyed a short ride.

The balloon also took centre stage during the Gala Ceremony glowing on the rear lawns of the Hilton Al Ain, whilst various awards were handed out by the local dignitaries.

The team are already looking forward to returning in 2015.

For further information on the operation of advertising balloons anywhere in the world contact Paul Burrows on +44 77717 65083 or at Paul@ltair.co.uk.

Lighter Than Air help create a special atmosphere at the Al Ain Air Show

Paddy Power set to return to Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in 2016

Paddypower’s record breaking underpants will be returning to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta which runs from the 11th to the 14th of August. The lucky underpants were last seen during the special shapes launch three years ago and have been absent ever since.

For more information on what days the balloon will be appearing follow Lighter Than Air on Facebook www.facebook.com/ballooninguk

For more information on having your brand showcased at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta contact Paul Burrows on 07771 765083 or Paul@ltair.co.uk

 For more information on the Bristol Balloon Fiesta visit www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

CJ Hole Take to the Skies!

West Country based estate agents CJ Hole have joined the ever growing list of clients choosing Lighter Than Air to manage their hot air balloon advertising programme. Manufactured by Cameron Balloons and launched in April the distinctive blue balloon has been a regular sight in the air and at events from Cheltenham to Burnham on Sea.

Next up for the team will be a full programme at the 2014 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta starting with the Queens Square press launch scheduled for Tuesday 5th August.

More information about CJ Hole can be found at www.cjhole.co.uk and more information about the

Bristol Balloon Fiesta at www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

Al Ain Air Championships are a glowing success

The first Al Ain Air Championships took place between the 17th and 19th of December at Al Ain Airport

in the UAE.

Lighter Than Air were commissioned to create a unique and exciting area showcasing hot air balloons and ballooning aptly named the “Balloon Zone”.

Over the course of the three days there was a mixture of tethered balloons including several special shapes, a walk-in envelope which allowed people to experience the sheer size of a balloon and, of course, the obligatory tethered balloon flights.

The balloon zone highlight was the Friday Nightglow with 8 balloons glowing in the desert landscape as the sun set.

Thinking of running a hot air balloon event?

For more information contact Paul Burrows on 07771 765083 or Paul@ltair.co.uk

Good Morning Vietnam

The team from Lighter Than Air recently completed two historic flights over the world heritage city of Hue in Vietnam. Pilots Paul Burrows and Ian Martin flew LTA’s two world famous special shapes from the former palace as part of the Hue festival bi-annual celebrations which take place during the months of April and May.

Established as the capital of unified VietNam in 1802, Hué was not only the political but also the cultural and religious centre under the Nguyen dynasty until 1945. The Perfume River winds its way through the Capital City, the Imperial City, the Forbidden Purple City and the Inner City, giving this unique feudal capital a setting of great natural beauty.

The visit to Hue was also the final stop on LTA’s mammoth 2015/2016 tour which has seen the balloons flown on 4 continents and travel a mammoth 47,000 miles.

For information on advertising hot air balloon programs with global coverage, contact the specialists at Lighter Than Air Ltd: Paul Burrows on 07771 765083 or Paul@ltair.co.uk

Oons Kearkle and Oons Wiefke are getting ready for their only European event in 2016. The mischievous pair will be heading to the city of Modena in Italy to take part in the Voliamo Balloon Festival from the 28th of May to the 5th of June. Modena is situated on the south side of the beautiful Po Valley in the Emilia-Romagne region of Italy. The city  is home to some of the most iconic car brands in the world including Ferrari, De Tomaso and Pagani.

For more information on hot air balloon advertising across Europe, contact the experts at Lighter Than Air Ltd.     Paul Burrows on 07771 765083 or Paul@ltair.co.uk

The Italian Job

Amazing Taitung


Specialist corporate hot air balloon operations company Lighter Than Air have stolen the show at the closing ceremony for the 2016 Taiwan International Balloon Festival.

The spectacular nightglow and fireworks display took place in the heart of Taitung at the University Sports Stadium with record crowds attending.

Lighter Than Air’s special shape balloons Oons Kearlke and Oons Wiefke were the only two non-Taiwanese balloons invited to participate in this prestigious event at the request of Regional Governor Justin Huang.

This is the fourth time that pilots from Lighter Than Air have participated in Taiwan’s premiere public event and it has helped cement our place as truly global hot air balloon operators.

For more information on the operation of special shape advertising hot air balloons contact the specialists at Lighter Than Air Ltd: Paul Burrows on 07771 765083 or Paul@ltair.co.uk

Goodbye Oons Kearlke and Oons Wiefke!

2017 has started with a fond farewell to our special shape balloons Oons Wiefke and Oons Kearlke who have headed off on a new adventure.

The mischievous duo travelled the globe in 2015 and 2016 crossing 5 continents and entertaining hundreds of thousands of people.

In January 2017 the arrived in their new home of Quebec. Oons Wiefke and Oons Kearlke will continue touring with their new owner Jacob Vaillancourt., Jacob can be contacted at sales@cameronballoons.ca.

For more information on hot air balloon adverting with special shapes or regular balloons contact the specialists at Lighter Than Air Ltd: Paul Burrows on 07771 765083 or Paul@ltair.co.uk

Busby reports for duty…


Busby the Queens Guard reported for duty with Lighter Than Air Ltd in late June 2017. The Cameron Balloons special shape stands 90 feet tall and has an active lift of 117’000 cubic carrying pilot plus 2. Busby made his Worldwide Debut at the Taiwan International Balloon Festival before heading back to Europe and then on to North America. In 2018 Busby  is scheduled to continue on his worldwide adventure visiting the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and countries throughout Europe. Busby is also available for private bookings.

For more information on booking Busby contact Paul@ltair.co.uk


Bristol 10k launch for G-OTCT

Aerial Marketing specialists Lighter Than Air have launched their latest sponsored balloon at the Bristol 10KM which took place on May 7th 2017.

The striking new Cameron Z105 registration G-OTCT was built to help raise awareness for the amazing Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity very close to Lighter Than Air’s heart.

The balloon, which was purchased by the directors of Lighter Than Air, will tour the UK flying teenagers and young adults who have been affected by cancer whilst raising awareness of this amazing organisation.

To hire the balloon for your wedding or corporate event please contact Paul @ Lighter Than Air on 07771 765083 or Paul@ltair.co.uk. A percentage of each booking will be donated to the charity.



Bristol hits the big 40!

2018 will see the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta celebrate its 40th anniversary and the organisers are promising an amazing show! The event which was started in 1978 by Don Cameron and the Chamber of Commerce in Bristol has grown into one of the top 5 outdoor events in the UK. Set in the beautiful  rolling parkland of Ashton Court the event attracts 130 balloons from across the world over the four days in early August. As well as the 250,000 plus spectators the event benefits from huge global media interest with an estimated global coverage in excess of a billion people in 2017. In 2018 there will be 6 mass ascents, a special shapes rodeo and two of the famous nightglows set to music and ending with spectacular fireworks. In addition the organisers are promising arena shows, spectacular aerial displays and numerous trade stands and stalls.

For more information about have a branded hot air balloon at the 2018 Bristol Balloon Fiesta contact Paul@ltair.co.uk


Shaping up for 2018


Lighter Than Air Ltd are delighted to announce that we have commissioned a brand new special shape for 2018.

Following the amazing success of Busby the new balloon will be manufactured by Cameron Balloons of Bristol is scheduled to make its debut in August.

Keep visiting the new page or @ballooninguk on social media for further updates throughout the year.

For more information on a special shape hot air balloon to advertise your brand or product contact Paul@ltair.co.uk


Teenage Cancer Trust  chosen for the London Marathon…


The team at Lighter Than Air Ltd are delighted to announce that G-OTCT has been selected to appear at the start of 2018 Virgin London Marathon.

The Teenage Cancer Trust has been selected by the 2018 Virgin London Marathon as there Charity of the year and G-OTCT will make an appearance at the start on Blackheath Common to support all of the charities amazing runners.

The event takes place on the 22nd of April and the entire race will be broadcast live on the BBC.

G-OTCT is Lighter than Air Ltd fantastic Cameron Z105 which was built in 2017 to celebrate the work of the amazing Teenage Caner Trust.

For more information about G-OTCT appearing at your event contact Paul@ltair.co.uk

For more information about the Teenage Cancer Trust visit: www.teenagecancerrtrust.org

For more information about the Virgin London Marathon visit: www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/


Woof  Woof!

Here at Lighter Than Air we would like to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog and at the same time we would like to introduce you to ‘Buster’ our brand new Special Shape Dog currently in production at Cameron Balloons here in Bristol!


For more information on how to create and build a Special Shape hot air balloon for your organisation contact Paul@ltair.co.uk!


40 Special Shapes as Bristol Celebrates the 40th International Balloon Fiesta

August the 9th to the 12th see’s the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta celebrate its 40th Anniversary.

To celebrate reaching this milestone 40 Special Shapes have been invited to attend as part of a weekend of celebrations which will also see some of the original pilots and balloons attend.

The team at Lighter Than Air ltd have been assisting the fiesta team to locate balloons new and old from across the globe to ensure the largest gathering of special shapes seen at Bristol for over a decade.

To find out more about the 40 special shapes attending the Bristol Balloon Fiesta follow the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on Facebook.


To find out more about advertising your company with a corporate hot air balloon programme contact the team at Lighter than Air Ltd at info@ltair.co.uk.



Buster debuts at the worlds longest balloon fiesta!

Buster the Bulldog has made his debut at the Taiwan International Balloon Fiesta in Luye Gaotai.

The lovable pooch has proved a huge success with the locals during the Chinese year of the Dog with people queuing in large numbers to have their pictures taken with the balloon and its crew.

Buster will complete his time in Taiwan at the end of July after which he will head to events in Europe, the USA and then Australia.

The specially designed balloon, constructed by Cameron Balloons in Bristol, is available to hire for balloon events, short term banner advertising campaigns and private parties.


For more information about hiring Buster or for information about advertising using special shape hot air balloons contact Paul on 07771 765083 or Paul@ltair.co.uk.





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Busby reports for duty at QuickChek

Busby the Queens Guard has just completed a tour as guest of honour at the QuickChek Festival of Ballooning in the USA.

Piloted by Lighter Than Air’s chief pilot Paul Burrows Busby kicked off his North American Tour at the largest SUMMER Balloon Festival in the USA.

Busby was the only international balloon at the event and special permission was granted by the Secret Service allowing a foreign aircraft to fly in the Presidential TFR in place surrounding President Trumps weekend home just 5 miles north of the launch field.

Paul and his volunteer crew extended warm thanks to both the FAA and Secret Service for allowing these amazing flights to take place helping to cement Lighter Than Air Ltd place as a truly global hot air balloon operations company.


For more information about global hot air balloon advertising programmes contact paul@ltair.co.uk  or Paul Burrows on 07771 765083.






The Cat is out of the Bag!

Lighter Than Air Ltd are delighted to confirm that Buster the Bulldog will be one of the 40 special shapes attending the 40th Anniversary Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

The Event will mark Buster’s first European Appearance following his recent high profile debut at the Taiwan International Balloon Fiesta.

Piloted by Lighter Than Air Pilot Tim Davis the loveable Mutt will kick off his appearance during the Thursday Night Special Shapes Rodeo.

Buster will be in great company with the largest gathering of special shapes for over a decade including a giant birthday cake and an Owl from the USA

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is the largest annual balloon event attracting 500,000 spectators and creating 2 billion media hits over a four day period.


To find out more about sponsorship opportunities at the 2019 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta contact paul@ltair.co.uk or Paul Burrows on 07771 765083.

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