By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 20, 2002 01:00 PM
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John Travolta touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday on the latest stop of a 13-nation global public-relations tour aimed at encouraging air travel in the wake of the industry’s devastation after Sept. 11, reports The Washington Post. Speaking to reporters from just outside his vintage 1960s Boeing 707, Travolta, 48, said, “Suddenly the things I loved the most, the airlines, were being used as destructive tools.” He said his journey goes beyond tub-thumping for Australia’s Qantas Airlines (the company backed his trip, naming him an “Ambassador at Large”). “I wanted to get back the spirit, like when I was a kid in the ’60s, when flying was glamorous and fun and wonderful,” said Travolta, who named his aircraft the Jett Clipper Ella (after his two children with wife Kelly Preston: Jett, 10, and Ella, 2). “I hope we can get back to that and a feeling of the sky being safe again.” Travolta, who has licenses to fly eight types of jet aircraft, is scheduled to depart for Rome next week and is due to wind up the tour in New York just before the Sept. 11 anniversary, notes Reuters.