Shortly after having announced the retirement of its Boeing 747 fleet, British Airways will now retire another iconic aircraft: the Airbus A318-112.
British Airways introduced the A318 in 2009 on its London City (LCY) to New York JFK route with a unique all business class service. The British Airways A318 has 8 rows, in a 2-2 configuration, with a total capacity of 32 seats. Westbound, the aircraft had to make a fuel stop at Shannon, Ireland, where passengers could also get U.S. pre-clearance.
British Airways operated two A318 aircraft (G-EUNA and G-EUNB) on the route, but in 2017 it has already retired one of them, which was sold to Titan Airways. Sad to see the second one going as well.
The LCY-JFK route, which carries the BA001 flight number, had been suspended in March, owing to the Covid-19 crisis.
Extremely sad to hear this morning that @British_Airways is to retire the #A318 from service. I was very proud to be part of the LCY-JFK via SNN service when it started in 2009. A wonderful fleet, a great aircraft and met some lovely frequent passengers. Bye BabyBus 😢 pic.twitter.com/QZDrgTPu99
— Captain Dave (@DaveWallsworth) July 31, 2020