Video: Pilots flying high with TV comedy ad

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A company based at Blackpool Airport is flying high after securing a national TV advert deal with Go Compare.

Air Ads which has a team of four pilots has been expanding its business over the past couple of years and achieved a major coup being chosen to fly the two aircraft in the comic TV advert for the comparison website company.

Chris Mustow of Air Ads, based at Blackpool Air Academy.

Chris Mustow of Air Ads, based at Blackpool Air Academy.

The advert features the firm’s opera singer “Gio Compario” showing off his latest crazy idea – having the company’s services displayed on flying banners towed behind Air Ads’ planes.

Sadly, there are so many services the banner runs out and he needs a second plane.

Chris Mustow, from Air Ads, said: “It was fantastic to be chosen for this advert. Everybody knows Go Compare and so it is great for us to raise our profile. There was me and another pilot Mark and went down to do the filming. It was great.

“They actually added the extra end bit of the long banner in post-production because there is no way an aircraft would be able to fly with one that long in reality.

“We do a lot of work all over the country but people and businesses in Blackpool don’t really know so much about us.

“We are looking to get into the corporate market and our local market more as there is huge potential.

“If you think about it, when one of our aircraft flies along the seafront in summer there is a captive audience watching of thousands.

“Then there’s football matches, concerts and airshows too, that is a good way to get your company noticed.”

Chris, who is also a flying instructor, is the newest recruit for the company which has also done adverts for the First4Lawyers TV advert, rock band Iron Maiden, the miners’ union, Burnley College, Avios Air Miles and Ryan Air.

He said other major successes included fly-past banners for marriage proposals, birthday messages and even funeral messages, with customers coming from Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Ireland.

Over the next two years Air Ads plans to further expand its fleet of aircraft and pilots.

It was formed in 1999 but was bought in 2008 by Alan Elliot and Alex Reynolds, local business men and pilots who have expanded the company since its acquisition.

Air Ads currently employs six people at its Blackpool site which is based at Blackpool’s International Airport and a further six people at it’s southern branch in Kent.

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