Coronavirus: British Airways cancels A318 flights on the London City - New York route
Yes, you read that right. British Airways cancels Airbus A318 flights on the London City - New York (JFK) route. We are talking about the longest flights operated by BabyBus aircraft. These will be canceled between March 24 and October 25, 2020.
British Airways operates this premium route - London City - New York - with A318 aircraft configured all business with 32 seats. Normally, an A318 can carry up to 132 passengers in economy class.
British Airways cancels flights on the route London City - New York
London City - New York flights have BA001 and BA002 codes, the same ones BA used on flights operated by supersonic Concorde.
In the shower, the aircraft makes a technical stop at Shannon Airport, Ireland. And that's because he can't take off with too much fuel from London. The runway from London City Airport is only 1508 meters long.
The return flight can be operated non-stop because the runways are longer at JFK - New York International Airport, and the aircraft can carry more fuel in its tanks.
At the same time, BA002 New York - London is the longest flight operated by an Airbus A318 aircraft, the smallest of the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. British Airways operates London City - New York flights with 2 A318 aircraft, G-EUNA and G-EUNB. After canceling the route, it is not yet known what will be the fate of the 2 Babybus planes.
London City - New York flights were canceled due to low demand, caused by the pandemic with the new Coronavirus. But also because of the new ones restrictions imposed by the United States.