VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8110 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2946 times:
The last formal mention of this service was in a BA Press Release dated 5 March. It said:
"British Airways said it will launch double daily business class-only flights from London City airport to New York next year. The new flights will operate on Airbus A318 aircraft with 32 seats onboard."
I do not think it would have been mentioned at all yet if it was not for the fact that the Airbus order book shows that BA have converted two of their outstanding A320 orders to A318 orders.
TristarSteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 4161 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
Quoting TristarSteve (Reply 4): Quoting B747forever (Reply 3):
If I remember correctly this flight will make a stop at SNN, right??
Yes but Westbound only, for fuel and customs and immigration.
It appears that the Westbound stop will now be in GLA not SNN.
Also the service will start with the start of the Summer 09 schedule on 27 Mar 2009.
It will operate 5 days a week twice a day, the aircraft will spend the weekend in JFK
where most maintenance will be performed.
The great circle route LCY-JFK virtually passes over SNN. The great circle routes LCY-GLA and GLA-JFK add about 100 miles to the total distance. But I assume that the 319 does not have ETOPS clearance to follow the (direct) great circle route. Could this be the reason why the stop will be at GLA instead of SNN as BA will need to route the flight to the north of the direct great circle route?
Also I imagine there is a finite demand for a GLA-JFK business class service. So is it possible that BA will sell GLA-JFK-LHR/LCY-GLA tickets and turn a technical stop into a conventional stop? I would imagine they could sell such tickets at the same price as LCY-JFK-LCY tickets.
LXA340 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2006, 2137 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2323 times:
Quoting VV701 (Reply 12): Also I imagine there is a finite demand for a GLA-JFK business class service. So is it possible that BA will sell GLA-JFK-LHR/LCY-GLA tickets and turn a technical stop into a conventional stop? I would imagine they could sell such tickets at the same price as LCY-JFK-LCY tickets.
I doubt that. Tickets will probably only be on sale for LCY-JFK-LCY and GLA or SNN will be tech stops / imigration but not more
LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4579 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2284 times:
Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 2): What is the nessessity in LCY to NYC service? There are already tons of flights a day from LHR and LGW to JFK and EWR.
Probably because if they don´t even more pax will make the detour via AMS, CDG or BRU when flying to London from the US. LCY is the preferred airport for business traffic (no hassle at a big airport and very very close to the city of London) and more and more people realise that flying via AMS to LCY is sometimes less time consuming than travelling to LHR nonstop.