APYu From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 850 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 11288 times:
Do the A318 - If only for the extra Tier Points you get on that service.
I cant answer all your questions but from what Ive read elsewhere there is no moving map, there is a small gate lounge at gate 24 at LCY (remembering LCY is not an airport anyone turns up at hours before a flight unlike LHR. BA001 and BA002 require only a 20 minute check in
Would your choice really be affected by the method of showing the SEP demo?? I would imagine its a manual demo as I would find it had to imagine how putting screens on a plane for the sole purpose of the safety demo could possibly be justified.
We'd like to welcome in particular our Executive Club members and those joining us from our Oneworld alliance partners.
As has been said, there is a small lounge at the gate where you can get tea, coffee, soft drinks and some snacks. The airport itself is quite nice. When I flew on BA001 last year there was even a dedicated customs/security lane for the flight.
Quoting tiktokjake (Thread starter): 4 ) Do you think its worth trying something new, as i feel its a safer bet flying BA CLUB from LHR?
Try something new. You get to experience the take-off at LCY on the A318, and the inflight service is very personalised due to the fact there are three crew for a maximum of 32 passengers. The seats are very comfortable, and the portable media device was easy to use and more than adequate. The Shannon stop was also done very efficiently, and it was very quick on arrival at JFK being able to walk round to the domestic baggage claim and just get my bag and go.
I did the flight westbound. I'm not sure I'd do it eastbound, as it'd literally be on the plane, lights dimmed and sleep.
flyerboy1990 From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9665 times:
So you are a bit young to take this flight! I took a 4-flight daytrip and one leg was from DCA to LGA and I felt a bit uncomfortable being so young in jeans and a sweater. EVERYONE had suits and blackberries and laptops! I know this isn't as exclusive as the BA A318, but this is how it will be.
Anyway, enjoy all the little luxuries of the service, on the ground and in the air!
Boof From Australia, joined Apr 2008, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6882 times:
Quoting SSTsomeday (Reply 13): Just out of interest, why do they use these portable devices instead of a regular business class seat with the IFE pulled out of the armrest or on the back of the seat in front?
I think it is due to weight. IFE cables etc weigh heaps and as the A318 isn't really built for those big business class seats they stripped a lot of the non essential stuff out of them. Even though there are only 32 seats the IFE cables would be significant. For the length of the flight the media players would be fine, also the service is aimed at business travellers so you are either working, eating or sleeping, if you want to watch a flick the digiplayer will do the job.
By the way I'm also jealous as that is one flight I've really got my mind set on trying one day.
offloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 1051 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5399 times:
As all of your questions have been answered in full I can't add any additional info, but having done this flight myself last November and enjoyed the experience and novelty of it, I would recommend you go for it.
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SSTsomeday From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 1282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4246 times:
Quoting Boof (Reply 14): By the way I'm also jealous as that is one flight I've really got my mind set on trying one day.
I suppose the 757 can't fly out of London City, right?
I think if they could get rid of the Ireland stop and have an expedited immigration lane in New York, they could easily double their passengers on this route.
Does London City have restrictions in addition to runway length, such as noise abatement or A/C type?
Quoting Boof (Reply 14): I think it is due to weight. IFE cables etc weigh heaps and as the A318 isn't really built for those big business class seats they stripped a lot of the non essential stuff out of them.
JER757 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 4092 times:
Quoting SSTsomeday (Reply 16): Does London City have restrictions in addition to runway length, such as noise abatement or A/C type?
Yes. The runway is LCY is extremely short, hence the A318 is has a severely restricted TOW. This is the main reason they stop in SNN (ie to take on more fuel). They just happen to utilise the SNN by doing customs/immigration there.
BA have said if they could operate LCY-JFK non-stop they would do so. However they're making the best of the necessity of the fuel stop in SNN. Most reports you hear are glowing - seems to be paying off!
skipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 3512 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (4 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3544 times:
I think that they really need the higher fares to fill the cabin on this one. It's a very niche operatoin and having flown through LCY, it's great from a passenger standpoint but you don't need to spend several grand on an A318 to the West of Ireland to experience the impressive departure on a jet from the short runway and the view over the Wharf. Save your money mate and try a BA ERJ-190 instead. Really......