British Airways has launched the first long haul flight from London City Airport with an exclusive, all-business service to New York using two uniquely configured Airbus A318s that will fly twice daily on the new route. The historic launch flight features British Airways' most prestigious flight number, BA001, formerly used by Concorde.
Customers on the new service will be the first to be able to send emails, texts and use the internet via an in-flight mobile communications service, provided by OnAir. And for increased convenience customers can check-in for their flight from London City just 15 minutes before departure.
In addition, when they land at JFK Airport, they will be treated as domestic arrivals having already cleared US customs and immigration during a brief refueling stop at Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland, BA said. The new service features 32 fully flat beds in a cabin specially designed to feel spacious and contemporary.
Willie Walsh, British Airways' chief executive said: "Our long tradition of delivering world-beating and innovative new services continues with the launch of this unique route.
For the first time, the City (London’s financial sector) has a tailor-made premium service to New York on its doorstep offering the most productive possible use of time for business people traveling between the two great financial districts."
Richard Gooding, chief executive of London City Airport, said: "Providing long haul services for the first time out of London City is a major milestone in the history of the airport. "New York is the most demanded destination not currently served from London City. The new route is a key growth opportunity for us and demonstrates the premium nature of London City Airport."
To underline the premium status of the new service, in-flight dining has been developed in partnership with Roast restaurant, based at London's Borough Market, to draw upon their expertise in creating menus that feature the best of British produce and regional specialties. Arriving customers will also be able to enjoy complimentary Health Club access at the London Marriott West India Quay to freshen up before heading into their office or continuing their journey.
BA001 departs LCY at 1250 and arrives JFK at 1715. BA002 departs JFK at 1830 and arrives at LCY at 0715 the following day BA003 departs LCY at 1600 and arrives at JFKK at 2025. BA004 departs JFK at 2150 and arrives at LCY at 1025 the following day.
Lead fares on the new British Airways London City - New York flight start from just £1999.60 return (including taxes, fees and charges)