Husband and wife pilots, Henry and Hayley Brewis, marked their 27th wedding anniversary by flying a Thomson Airways Boeing 737 from Stansted to Ibiza.

Henry worked with the airline to rearrange timetables so the pair could fly together, surprising unsuspecting Hayley in the cockpit on board the aircraft before take-off.

“We spend our anniversary together every year, but a clash in our flying schedules meant we would be apart,” he said.

During the flight, Henry announced to passengers that he was sharing the cockpit with a very special co-pilot.

The couple, who have two daughters aged 23 and 17, have together clocked up a total of 31,000 hours.

They met at a Norfolk-based flying school when Henry was Hayley’s flying instructor. They married a year later on June 2, 1990 after a whirlwind romance.

Having qualified as a pilot in 1985, Henry joined Britannia Airways in 1987, which later became Thomson Airways. His older brother Tom is also a captain for the airline and joined the same year.

The aviation enthusiasts have also created a small runway on the land next to their home, outside Bury St Edmunds, for their small four-seater aircraft which they fly together on their days off.