British Airways Ends Flagship New York To London A318 Flights

British Airways Ends New York To London A318 Flights. Photo: British Airways

After having announced the retirement of its entire Boeing 747 fleet, British Airways has now announced retirement of another iconic aircraft, the Airbus A318-112.

British Airways has announced that it is pulling the plug on its flagship Airbus A318 flights BA1/BA2, all Business Class flights operated between London City and New York JFK. The aircraft had to make a fuel stop at Shannon, Ireland.

British Airways introduced the A318, also known as “Baby Bus” back in 2009 on its London City to New York JFK route with a unique all business class seats. The British Airways A318 has 8 rows, in a 2-2 configuration, with a total seating capacity for 32 passengers.

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British Airways halted flights between London City and New York earlier this year due to growing travel restrictions and decrease in demand for air travel. This route is likely to be dead after this announcement.

Although, BA operates large number of flights from other London-based airports to New York, this route is likely to be dead. The Airbus A318 is the only aircraft in the British Airways fleet that can land at London City Airport, and operated trans-Atlantic flights.

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Initially, British Airways operated two A318 aircraft on the route, with registration G-EUNA and G-EUNB.  However, BA has already retired one of its A318 back in 2017. 

British second Airbus A318, with registration G-EUNB was sold to Titan Airways back in July, 2017. This particular A318 was delivered to British Airways back in September 2009 and is currently 10.9 years old.

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The first British Airways A318, with registration G-ENUA was delivered to the airline back in August 2009 and is currently only 11 years old. The aircraft was active in service before the pandemic.

The Airbus A318 was withdrawn from service on 18 March and is parked in Madrid since 20 March, after the LCY-JFK route was suspended in March, owing to the Covid-19 crisis.

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