Luxury at 41,000 Feet.
BA's New JFK Transatlantic London City Airport Service.
British Airways Re-configured A318 taxiing at London City Airport

London City Airport fresh from multi-million dollar renovation.
The A-318 awaiting the boarding of 32 passengers for the flight back to JFK airport.
On ascent from London City Airport.

Story by Ken Panton

Meeting the demands of business travelers for luxury, convenience, and efficiently are constant mandates for the world’s leading airlines.  On the highly traveled New York to London route, mastering the fine art of extreme efficiency has planted British Airways on top with business and pleasure travelers. “A quick trip to London,” has never been quicker with BA’s revolutionary new JFK to London City Airport service.

Bringing passengers into downtown London, therefore reducing the arduous commute from the major airports, required some innovative thinking from British Airways and the reconfiguration of the Airbus A318 to accommodate the runway restrictions at London City Airport. These Airbus A318’s that now fly twice daily, linking two of the world’s most fabulous cities for business, banking, dining, shopping, and cultural outings in record time. The A318 features 32 Club World fully flat beds in a cabin specially designed to feel spacious and contemporary. The interior is as inviting as Oprah’s private jet. A standout detail for aviation buffs is that these flights bear British Airways’ most prestigious flight numbers BA001- BA004 - formerly the flight numbers of the Concorde.

When you arrive at the JFK check in counter, you will find a streamlined check in process. Then you will be invited to Concorde Lounge, adjacent to the flight’s departure gate, where guests can relax in classic jet-set style before their departure. With only 32 passengers on each flight, boarding times average only 10 minutes.

Once onboard the night flight out of JFK, guests can choose to sleep or they can enjoy the fabulous in-flight dining experience. Developed in partnership with Roast Restaurant based at London’s Borough Market, the dining selections are created to feature the best in British produce and regional specialties, and to create a unique dining in the sky experience.

When you arrive in the well-appointed London’s City Airport, fresh from a multi-million dollar makeover, customs and passport control is a breeze. Try to arrange early check-in at your hotel of choice, as downtown London is only 20 minutes away, or you can proceed to your early business meeting. Complimentary Health Club access is offered a the London Marriott West India Quay for passengers that prefer to freshen up before beginning their day or continuing on their journey.

The return trip to JFK is relaxing and surprisingly hassle-free. British Airways in collaboration with London City Airport have made check-ins 15 minutes before flight time permissible. On arrival at JFK the flight is treated like a domestic arrival. The plane makes a brief refueling stop at Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland and US custom and immigration procedures are carried out during this stop over. This new service makes that weekend jaunt to London all the more attractive, and business travelers will immensely appreciate the exceptional efficiency.

In the past few years British Airways is becoming the world leader in long haul travel by offering great coach fares to destinations around the globe and exceptional style, luxury, and efficiency to their First Class and Club World passengers.