However, Dr Shenkin's staggering ingenuity did not stop there. During the repair process he spilled the champagne. With devastating clear-sightedness, he told the entire story to BA, who were so delighted they instantly delivered an entire case of bubblyto his front door.
But the real interest is the champagne itself - Piper Heidsieck. According to BA's publicity machine, this little tipple has been specially blended for the airline in a corporate jet at 35,000ft to "reproduce the environment in which it is supposed to bedrunk". Sadly, we do not know how it tasted to Dr Shenkin at ground level.Reuse content