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Cape Town - Bryan Habana’s sprint against a British Airways’ A380 grabbed South Africans’ attention to become one of the Top 10 most-watched YouTube videos of 2013. 

VIDEO: Bryan Habana takes on a British Airways' A380

Now the airline is throwing open the challenge to ANYONE else who thinks they can win against the plane!

Anyone, anywhere in the world can enter the #Man vs Plane challenge.

Five winners will be selected to fly to Durban in February and get the chance to pit their physical prowess against British Airways’ largest and most modern aircraft.

The runner with the quickest time will win two return tickets in Club World (business class) on one of British Airways’ A380 services.

Johannesburg to London is just the third of these services to be announced. The other two are London/Los Angeles and London/Hong Kong.

“Last year I accepted the challenge to race the A380 and won, but it wasn’t easy,” said Springbok wing and leading Test try scorer, Habana

“To take this on you will have to be physically fit and have plenty of strength, stamina and speed.”

To see Bryan’s insights on racing the A380 see and to accept the challenge, visit between January 13-20, 2014 and meet the entry requirements.

The speediest challenger won’t be the only winner on the day. When the Man vs Plane clip reaches two million views, which it’s currently just short of, British Airways will donate two Club World tickets worth R60 000 to FoodBank.

Habana is a patron of FoodBank South Africa, which is leading a co-ordinated effort to establish food banks around the country in communities with the highest concentrations of hungry or malnourished people. It rescues and procures food and essential groceries centrally and distributes these to depots from where its agencies are able to get it to people in need.

Sue Botes, British Airways’ commercial manager for southern Africa, says the runaway success of the video prompted the airline to offer the donation.

“We were slightly taken by surprise by how well the video has done, so we thought we’d ask Bryan if we could make a gesture to acknowledge the huge following it had garnered. We’re thrilled that what started out as a bit of fun has enabled us to help and organisation doing such important work.”

British Airways will start A380 services between London and Johannesburg from February 12. Initially it will operate three flights a week, increasing to six weekly services by March.

Bryan Habana takes on the British Airways' A380 (Supplied)

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