InterContinental® Los Angeles Downtown Shoots for the Stars During the Supermoon
Tallest Building West of Chicago Serves as the Set for Series of "Human Flights"
On March 20, InterContinental®Los Angeles Downtown and the Red Bull Air Force welcomed the vernal (spring) equinox with multiple "human flights" during the rise of the last supermoon of the decade.
Connected by a mutual mission to push boundaries beyond the limits, the luxury hotel and action sports brand banded together to give Downtown Los Angeles a never-seen-before spectacle. This event marked the first ever wingsuit jump into downtown Los Angeles. The alignment of the supermoon and spring equinox is also a first for this millennium - as the last time this took place was in 1981.
Donning wingsuits (special jumpsuits that shape the human body into an airfoil, creating lift and with it, "human flight") the Red Bull Air Force leapt from a helicopter 4,000 feet above Los Angeles and traveled one mile into downtown, buzzing by InterContinental Los AngelesDowntown at 120 mph, to land on the street below. The suits, which appear similar to a flying squirrel, were fitted with LED lights and sparking pyrotechnics that lit up the sky.
"We are honored to be approached by a global brand such as Red Bull to bring this moment to life," commented Niles Harris, General Manager of InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. "When we opened InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, we had an ambitious goal to change the skyline of the city as well as attract travelers to the new vitality of Downtown."
InterContinental® Los Angeles Downtown, located at 900 Wilshire Boulevard, is owned by Hanjin International Corporation and managed by IHG®. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is part of IHG's diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories. With over 70 years of experience, InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts is known for pioneering innovation in the luxury segment and has been trailblazing luxury travel since 1949. The scale and diversity of IHG's brand portfolio means that its hotels can meet guests' needs whatever the occasion - whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration, or a once-in-a-lifetime experience.