ESA astronaut Tim Peake, from Westbourne, flew from Houston to Heathrow Airport yesterday (Wednesday, July 13) to be greeted by a welcome poster featuring his own face.
Tim was back in England for the first time in seven months following his six-month trip to the International Space Station.
To celebrate his safe landing back to earth and to welcome him home to the UK, Heathrow unveiled Tim as one of the iconic welcome posters which will be viewed by 75 million passengers a year.
Photographs of Tim with his arms outstretched in his distinctive blue overalls, will be showcased across all terminals.
Tim arrived into Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal.
His first public appearance in the UK is planned for tomorrow (July 15), at the Farnborough Air Show.
Alongside Tim, eight new British icons have also been chosen to welcome visitors to the UK.
Heathrow’s welcome campaign has become a well-recognised greeting for passengers arriving at the airport.
There are now over 20 iconic figures represented with new additions ranging from a Red Arrows pilot, to a town crier and a zookeeper, all of whom aim to celebrate the United Kingdom’s diverse culture.
The welcome images are spread across the terminals in a variety of locations from baggage re-claim to gates across all four airport terminals.
There are over 60 posters in total across the airport.
John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s CEO, said: “Heathrow is a great British asset that is recognised around the world and now from space too.
“We are honoured that astronaut Tim Peake has joined our line-up of iconic personalities that celebrate the diversity and colour that the United Kingdom has to offer.”
Heathrow’s new welcome campaign is now on display across all terminals featuring:
Tanya Moodie – Actor, Globe Theatre
Vicky Fyson – Zookeeper, London Zoo
Alan Myatt – Town Crier
Rachul Panchkaran –Customer Service Assistant, London Underground
Joe Hourston – Red Arrows pilot
Natasha Moger – SAC Engineer
Floriana Stanciu – Big Issue Vendor
Stephen Wiltshire – London Artist
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