Katherine Jenkins now sings one mile high

Katherine Jenkins now sings one mile high


norman lebrecht

November 02, 2016

She’s the in-flight live entertainment on British Airways, along with a couple of Bolshoi dancers, on a new Moscow service inaugurated this week. This official video is close-miked.

Passenger videos (below) indicate there is no way she could make herself heard for long above the engine noise.




  • Opera fan says:

    Thankfully I always have Xanax and earplugs when flying… just in case Katherine Jenkins shows up.

  • Pamela Brown says:

    This looks like a Monty Python sketch…:-0

  • Cyril Blair says:

    How much do you have to pay to get the music to stop?

  • MarieTherese says:

    Well, if it wasn’t a one off, it’s a long flight and there’s a lot of vodka aboard….Come to think of it, they’ll need the booze anyway after that.

  • Allen says:

    I hope this doesn’t become an irritating trend. At least the on-board movies are voluntary.

    Note to self: next time you fly BA, buy a parachute and book a seat near an emergency exit.

  • Una says:

    Yes, buy a parachute. In the meantime, look at this amateur thing from BA’s 2010 Christmas party if you haven’t seen it already.


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  • Nick says:

    How utterly ghastly! The once good British Airways has been scraping the bottom of the barrel for many years.

    • stweart says:

      No sense of humor ? BA was for Christmas
      The Jenkins one was “serious” !

      • Una says:

        Sorry, Stweart, I have a British sense of humour with a ‘U!’ 🙂 I know what those BA cabin crew were doing – they were entertaining their BA bosses at their Christmas party! All good fun, and very British!

        Do I need a sense of humour over Jenkins – also very Welsh, so British too – no I don’t. It’s just plain tacky and bloody awful. as we say in England. Get the parachute, I say, only that I couldn’t possibly afford to travel BA first class 🙂 More ha, ha!!

        Have a good weekend!

    • Una says:

      Here, here! Well said! As we say over here in England, BA for Bugger All!

  • Robert King says:

    I don’t think too many SD readers need worry – this looks as if it all happened in First Class (or is it Club Class?). Whenever I sit on a plane the seats look a jolly sight closer together than these ones do…

  • Jane_Brown says:

    classical dinosaurs

  • pink tulip says:

    Just remember, she is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.

    • Una says:

      What does that show? Just that she’s been to the RAM, nothing else.

    • Allen says:

      For a music teacher’s diploma, apparently.

      • Una says:

        You go to teacher training college to qualify as a teacher in England at least – can’t vouch for Wales – plus it’s a graduate profession these days so a diploma won’t do. RAM is for training performers not music teachers, particularly good for pianists.

  • Alistair Hinton says:

    I’ve not flown with BA for quite a few years now but, unless they’ve been on some kind of economy drive since last I did so, I’m pretty certain that this is Business Class, not First Class; it’s more than enough to persuade me not to fly Business Class again – it’ll have to be First Class in future…

    I quite liked the woman sniggering into her phone at around 0.39.

    But in all seriousness, this is supposedly an ad – and I thought that the purpose of airline ads was to encourage more business for the airlines that run them rather than to ensure that any business cutomers fly Virgin in future.

    That said, what worries me is that, should this exercise fail to generate sufficient extra business for BA, it might decide to try having Charlotte Church “singing” a medley comprising Come fly with me, Up, up and away and Fly me to the moon in First Class; were that ever to happen in front of me I’d probably demand my fare back plus damages plus interest.