Unique Airbus aircraft to operate from London City Airport
Wed, 02 Sep, 2009
British Airways (BA) has welcomed the first of two uniquely configured Airbus A318s to its fleet at London City Airport.
The aircraft is due to operate the new long-haul service to New York from the Docklands airport.
BA is the first carrier in the world to take delivery of the modified A318, which boasts 'steep approach' capability - a feature that allows it to take off and land from airports with steeper-than-usual gradients.
Willie Walsh, BA's chief executive, said that while the A318 is the airline's smallest aircraft, it has a "big role to play" in improving connections between London and New York.
"The A318s were specially ordered for the twice-daily London City - JFK service because of their size, flexibility and 'steep approach' capability and will reinforce our unrivalled schedule between two of the world's greatest financial centres," he commented.
Each A318 is configured to carry just 32 passengers on Club World seats, all of which can convert to fully flat beds.
BA recently celebrated the 90th anniversary of the world's first daily international air service between London and Paris.