The first long-haul scheduled passenger link from London City Airport will operate under the same flight codes that British Airways (BA) used for its supersonic Concorde transatlantic services. The UK carrier has confirmed that its daily connection from London City to New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport will begin from September 29 using the first of its 32-seat, all-Business Class configured Airbus A318s. It will designate the outbound sector that departs London at 12:40 and arrives in New York at 17:05 as BA001, with the return service from JFK, BA002, departing at 18:30 and arriving back in the UK at 07:05. From mid-October following the delivery of a second A318, BA will introduce a second daily rotation (BA003/BA004). The outbound flights from London City will make a refuelling stop at Shannon in the Republic of Ireland, although passengers will be able to clear US Customs and Immigration during the stopover.
“In the harshest trading environment airlines have experienced, we believe it is more important than ever to embrace the future and innovate,” said BA’s Chief Executive Willie Walsh. “This is BA at its best – stylish, British and ahead of the game. Reviving the BA001 flight number for the first long-haul route out of London City could not be more appropriate.”
The airline is offering fully flexible business tickets for £5,625 ($9,246) although it confirmed that cheaper fares from £1,910 are available for leisure travellers planning a weekend stay. “Every aspect of this service has been designed to maximise convenience for customers to fly between the world’s two biggest business centres – Wall Street and London’s extended financial district in the City and Docklands,” added Willie Walsh.