Sights set on the skies

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 March, 2008, 12:00am

I t's not just adults who hold decision-making powers. Jonathan Liu Chor-kiu, 11, was one of 13 children elected onto the British Airways Kids' Council (BA Council) to give suggestions on how to improve the airline's services.

Jonathan, who has a lot of family living overseas, says: 'As a frequent flyer, I've often thought about how airlines can enhance their products to make flying more enjoyable.

'I'm really glad that BA has given me and other children the opportunity to do this. I'm very honoured that I can have the opportunity to voice my opinions about flying.'

The other children on the BA Council range from eight to 14 years old and come from the United Kingdom, Uganda, Mexico, Nairobi, Greece, Cyprus and South Africa. Jonathan is the only member from the Asia-Pacific region.

BA launched the Council last April in order to develop their services in line with what young flyers want.

'The council is a global initiative and it's important to get feedback and ideas from youngsters from all corners of the world,' says Joerg Tuensmeyer, BA general manager, Greater China and Philippines.

'We're already seeing changes being implemented as a result of the great ideas put forward by the council during its first meeting. For example, based on their input, we are redesigning the Skyflyer activity pack and introducing a new menu which is set to be unveiled this year.'

Jonathan has just returned from the latest council meeting in the UK. He suggested that the airline make the 'Air Show' (the programme which shows the plane's route) more interesting.

'They could add some background music like in a movie, or show what other planes are nearby and even real views,' says the Primary Six student from Diocesan Boys' School Primary Division.

He also suggested making the eating utensils more user-friendly.

Jonathan loves everything to do with flying, airports and aircraft. He says the most memorable part of the visit was seeing the hi-tech equipment at Heathrow Airport's new Terminal Five.

And he hopes to be involved in the industry in the future.

'I do have my heart set on being a pilot. I love planes and I would love to fly lots of people around the world one day.

'With my experience in the BA Council, I'm confident that I would make a very knowledgeable pilot!'