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British Airways' Pay What You Weigh Promotion in Charlotte to Benefit Habitat for Humanity; 100 Winners to Weigh-in July 31 During Airport Raffle.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 10 /PRNewswire/ --

British Airways (NYSE: BAB) today announced a community relations fund raiser with Habitat for Humanity and WBT Radio: 100 lucky travelers will be selected later this month to 'Pay What You Weigh' for round trip tickets from Charlotte to London.

Winning travelers will be selected by raffle on July 31 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and will then pay an amount in U.S. currency or check equal to their weight for the round trip ticket to London. Monies will be contributed directly to Habitat For Humanity at the time of weigh-in. Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory will select the winning names at the Tuesday event.

According to Lisa LaForest, Charlotte sales manager for the airline, "British Airways strives to be a good corporate citizen in all the markets we serve throughout the world. This promotion, linked with Habitat for Humanity, provides us the opportunity to both give back to the Charlotte community and share the unique British Airways experience to London."

Judy Smith, director of development for Habitat For Humanity in Charlotte, said, "We're very excited about this unique, fun partnership with British Airways. The 'Pay What You Weigh' fund raising event is an excellent example on how community partnerships with business help us carry out our work of building homes with those in need."

WBT radio will serve as event master of ceremonies on July 31. The station will also provide promotion support and live coverage of the event.

British Airways has a long tradition of giving back to the communities it serves. Its 'Change for Good' initiative encourages travelers to donate their foreign change while onboard and raises millions of dollars each year for impoverished nations. In the United States, the airline last year introduced the 'Promise Program,' an initiative launched with Communities in Schools that is designed to help at-risk children.

Raffle day registration on Tuesday, July 31 will begin at 7:00 a.m. and will close promptly at 11:00 a.m. in front of the British Airways check-in counter at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, 5500 Josh Birmingham Parkway. The drawing for 100 lucky winners will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Official rules for the event include, among others:

* Registrants must be 18 years or older at the time of registration on

July 31.

* No advance registration is allowed.

* Selected winners must be present to win.

* Only one raffle ticket allowed per registrant.

* Winning tickets are valid for travel for one year from date of the

event. Tickets are non-transferable, non-refundable, non-changeable and

non re-routable.

* Other rules and restrictions apply. Complete information on rules and

restrictions will be available to registrants on July 31 at time of

raffle registration.

British Airways is one of the world's largest global airlines, offering service from 21 U.S. cities to 230 destinations in 94 countries. Since 1994, the airline has offered daily nonstop service from Charlotte to London.

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