Rare copy of Magna Carta goes on global tour

A global tour has begun to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, one of the most important historical documents in the world.

Over the course of four months, an original version of the document from 1217, accompanied by the only surviving 1215 King´s Writ from Runnymede, will pass through seven countries, across four continents and 25 time zones, traveling a total of approximately 65,000 miles.

British Airways has provided leadership support for the Magna Carta 800 Global Tour, and on Monday, September 21, flew the document across the Atlantic in the airline´s first-class cabin with a dedicated security guard.

On loan from Hereford Cathedral in England, both documents will continue from New York to tour stops in China (including Hong Kong), Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, and Singapore, where it will be displayed at a number of public venues.

British Airways, part of International Airlines Group, is one of the world´s leading global premium airlines and the largest international carrier in the UK. The carrier has its home base at London Heathrow, the world´s busiest international airport, and flies to more than 70 different countries. Through its joint business with American Airlines, British Airways operates 14 flights a day from London to New York.