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September 30, 2009updated Feb 08, 2013

Historic Flight For British Airways’ New London City Service

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

British Airways has today launched the first long haul all-business service flight between New York and London City Airport.

Two uniquely configured Airbus A318s will fly twice daily on the new route, which links the hearts of the world’s two biggest financial centers.

The historic launch flight bears British Airways’ most prestigious flight numbers, BA001 to BA004, formerly used by Concorde.

The new service features 32 fully flat beds in a cabin specially designed to feel spacious and contemporary.

For convenience, customers can check-in for their flight from London City just 15 minutes before departure.

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.

Simon Talling-Smith, British Airways’ executive vice president Americas said: “Our long tradition of delivering world-beating and innovative new services continues with the launch of this unique route.

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“For the first time, New York has a tailor-made premium service to the London Canary Wharf area 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 UK 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.

www.britishairways.com

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