Hot Air Balloons Taking Off in Putrajaya Soon!


The 5th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2013 will be taking to the blue skies on March 28th. The annual fiesta received overwhelming support from international balloonists, potential sponsors and the general public since it began five years ago.  Jointly organized by AKA Balloon Sdn. Bhd., Perbadanan Putrajaya and Malaysian Sports Aviation Federation (MSAF), the fiesta will be in town from the 28th till the 31st March at the Monumen Alaf Baru in Precinct 2, Putrajaya. This year, there are more than 20 balloons from 12 countries. Sponsors this year include Toyota (as Official vehicle), Mountain Dew (as Extreme Zone Sponsor), Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside (as Official Hotel), Schmidt Marketing Sdn Bhd (as Official Sport Optics), QSR Brands Holdings Sdn Bhd, Putrajaya Holdings Sdn Bhd and KLIA Transit (Event Partners), KL International Jazz Festival (Music Partner), (as official online media), 988, Suria FM, Red FM (as official radio partners) and Instagrammers Malaysia (as official Instagram partner).

Every morning from 7am to 9am during the fiesta, balloonists will participate in the “Rudy’s Trophy”, which has been named after the late-fiesta chairman and co-founder, Mr Khairuddin Abd Rani. A “hare” balloon will take off first. The “hounds” balloons will be launched at pre-determined intervals after the hare. The hare balloon then lands and lays out a target – a large piece of fabric in the form of the letter ‘X’. The hound balloons would then try to drop markers as close to the centre of the ‘X’ as possible. The closest marker achieves the highest score. There would also be a hot air balloon show every evening at 6 pm, hot air balloon rides from 7.30 am to 10.30 am and from 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm daily, model Hot Air Balloon demonstrations, meet and greet sessions with the balloonists, a night glow event on Saturday night and the Mountain Dew Extreme Zone for adventure-minded visitors.   Visitors are also able to take a ride in a helicopter (4 passengers per ride) during the weekend. Please check for full details on the schedule. The KLIA Transit will be offering a 30% discount on ticket rates during the four days to Putrajaya. From there, visitors will be taken directly to the fiesta grounds via Nadi Putra buses. Visitors can also choose to drive to any of Putrajaya’s ‘Park & Ride’ points and hop on the Nadi Putra buses.

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