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Coronavirus: British Airways cancels A318 flights on London City - New York
Yes, you read that right. British Airways cancels Airbus A318 flights on the route London City - New York (JFK). We are talking about the longest flights operated with BabyBus aircraft. They 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 economy class passengers.
British Airways cancels flights from London City to New York
The flights London City - New York have the codes BA001 and BA002, the same ones that BA used on the flights operated with 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 in the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. British Airways operates flights London City - New York with 2 A318 aircraft, G-EUNA and G-EUNB codes. After the cancellation of the route, it is still unknown what will be the fate of the 2 Babybus planes.
Flights London City - New York 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.