Alongside their ability to create stunning cabin interiors, it seems staff at AIM Altitude have other skills to put to good use. A team of 20 willing volunteers from the company have taken part in the ninth annual Dorset Plane Pull at Bournemouth Airport. They pulled a 35,000kg Boeing 737 over a distance of 50 metres to raise money for Wessex Cancer Trust. Making it a truly global and diverse line-up, the team included two members of staff from AVIC in Beijing, and AIMsley bear, the company mascot.
In its first ever plane-pulling event, AIM Altitude’s team managed an impressive third place, beating 15 more-experienced teams. AIM Altitude reached the finish line in just 31.98 seconds, milliseconds behind the second-placed team. The team’s aim for next year is now to beat the winning time of 26.57 seconds.
Each team taking part choses their own charity to support and over the last nine years the event has raised more than £100,000 for good causes. AIM Altitude chose to support Wessex Cancer Trust, which provides practical and emotional support for cancer sufferers in seven Support Centres.
Natalie Varney, Marketing Executive at AIM Altitude, said: “The team did a fantastic job, we were so proud. There was a mix of about five different nationalities pulling the plane, and staff from over 10 different departments at AIM Altitude. Everyone came together and pulled with all their might, it was a great experience. We will definitely be back next year to see if we can gain first place.”
The event not only made a huge difference to local charities financially but also enabled companies to bring their teams together and get their families involved in a truly challenging, fun and unique event.