HEROIC members of Britain's Paralympic squad will return to Heathrow's Terminal 5 in style tomorrow courtesy of British Airways.
The airline is planning a giant welcome following the team's 102 medal win at the event in Beijing which saw cyclist Darren Kenny crowned most successful competitor after scooping four gold and one silver medal.
Once again the gold-nosed Boeing 747 nicknamed Pride is being entrusted with the task, only this time the winglets have also been painted gold to add extra 'lift.'
To ensure a celebratory mood the flight is being stocked with 80 extra bottles of champagne and the menu will include British favourites including bacon sandwiches and afternoon tea.
British Airways' chief executive Willie Walsh, said: "We are proud and privileged to fly our Paralympic champions back to Britain. Their performance and success in winning 102 medals Ð 42 of them gold - has been an inspiration to everyone."
In recognition of their success, BA is giving Gold Executive Club membership to the gold medallists and Silver Executive Club membership to those who won silver and bronze medals.
The airline went through months of careful planing to ensure all Paralympians' needs were met, even using sports scientists to determine best seat positions to maintain good posture.
A giant card signed by the well-wishing public will be awaiting the team on touch-down, although supporters are asked to avoid Heathrow due to health and safety concerns.
An official celebration parade will be held in London on October 16.