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CELEBRITY TRAVEL: ORLANDO BLOOM
Earlier this month (August 2016) Orlando Bloom flew to Tokyo to celebrate the launch of the new  route for British Airways 787-9 aircraft from London Heathrow to Narita Airport. The British actor is an ambassador for British Airways and a fan of all things Japanese. He joined British Airways crew for a photocall at the monument outside the ancient temple of Sensō-ji, in Asakusa. This wasn’t his first visit to Japan. Here he talks about why he likes the land of the rising sun and other destinations that are on his bucket list. 

 

Orlando Bloom flies BA Dreamliner to Tokyo

You travel a lot but which destinations are still on your bucket list?

I would love to explore more of India, and Iceland looks like an incredible place to visit. The Blue Lagoon looks beautiful. Fortunately, British Airways fly to both. 

Any off-the-beaten track destinations?
Everest Base Camp has been a place I’ve always wanted to visit.

We know you’re a fan of Japan. Why do you think so many people fall in love with the country?
The people are kind, the culture is fascinating and the food is wonderful – the whole experience is totally unique.

What are your five Japan must-dos?
Not many people think of Japan as a place to go for great snowboarding, the powder snow in Hokkaido is like no other. Harajuku is also great fun for shops and cultural experience in Tokyo. Mount Fuji recently became a World Heritage Site – it’s a beautiful view to see, especially in spring when the cherry blossom is out.
I enjoy an evening run around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, with its stunning views. After a long flight, I find that exercise really helps combat jetlag. I also visited Senso-ji Temple for the first time recently. Even if you’re only in Japan for a few hours, it’s definitely worth a visit. My top tip is to visit in the evening when it is very tranquil.

 

How do the fans in Japan compare to the rest of the world?
There’s a sincerity and sweetness to [them]. I am blown away by their thoughtfulness and generosity.

Would you like to learn Japanese?
I’d love to learn Japanese. I know a handful of phrases but would love to learn more.

Who would you be your ideal flight companion?
Muhammad Ali, he was an inspiration. 

What’s your reaction to the new First cabin on the 787-9?
The First cabin on the 787-9 is spacious, comfortable and private. It is a great travelling experience. 

You are an ambassador for BA. What makes flying British Airways different to any other airline?
British Airways offers a great British experience – I enjoy afternoon tea on board. It’s a home-away-from-home experience while travelling.

How adventurous are you when it comes to trying new foods?
I’m very adventurous. I always like to experience new tastes when I am travelling, nothing is out of bounds. In Japan, I love to eat okonomiyaki (a savoury pancake and a festival dish).

If you weren’t an actor, what would you do?
I wouldn’t change what I do for the world because I love it. It awards me the opportunity to travel the world, experience different cultures and in so doing, broadens my horizons.  

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the most technologically advanced aircraft in BA fleet andfeatures the new First cabin.Built-in sensors counter the effects of turbulence and offers a smoother ride than any other aircraft (great for those who suffer from motion sickness). Lower cabin air pressure than traditional aircraft, means customers an increased amount of oxygen and moisture in the cabin air, which helps to reduce the effects of jet-lag and dry eyeswww.ba.com
 Posted 22/8/16

 

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