Airbus Helicopters wins inaugural Harrods Aviation table football tournament


Ben James and Sebastian Pupek from Airbus Helicopters took home a trophy and several top prizes after beating Hunt and Palmer in the inaugural Harrods Aviation Table Football Tournament last week.

Held in advance of this year’s UEFA European Football Championship in the plush surroundings of the business lounge at Harrod Aviation’s Stansted FBO, the tournament saw 20 teams from the business aviation sector compete over the course of an evening.

Up for grabs – four tickets to see England play Italy at Wembley – plus a hamper, champagne and the prestige and glory of being business aviation’s table football champs!

After a scintillating set of group stage matches, fuelled mainly by beer and snacks, the latter stages of the tournament became increasingly competitive, still fuelled mainly by beer and snacks.

The tournament culminated in a tense final where Airbus Helicopters edged Hunt and Palmer to victory 20-19.

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Table Football champions Ben James and Sebastian Pupek from Airbus Helicopters

Firm favourites before the tournament “Business AirSport International” failed to qualify from a tough group, which included eventual finalists Hunt and Palmer and a team from Colleen Aviation in the USA.

Business AirSport International team member and Business Airport International publication manager Jag Kambo said, “Despite our training and preparations we were let down by our editor Ben Sampson, who is a bit rubbish at table football. We’ll take this disappointment and probably not do anything about it.

“Our thanks go to all the staff at Harrods Aviation, who’s ran this evening as smoothly and professionally as they run their FBO.”

For more information on Harrods Aviation go here.

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