British Airways’ Club World London City launches next week!

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about British Airways’ new Club World London City service, an all business class A318 that will fly between New York JFK and London City Airport. I’m excited about the launch next week since I’m sure we’ll see firsthand reviews and more pictures, but in the meantime, British Airways was nice enough to send along a few pictures for me to share.

Aircraft being built in Hamburg, Germany

Aircraft being built in Hamburg, Germany

What a cutie!

Seats…. look comfortable

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  1. THIS is crossing the Atlantic??? Wasn’t Lindberg’s Spirit of St. Louis bigger than this? I’m sorry, but if I’m long hauling it, I want to be in a big long haul plane, not a remote control aircraft.

  2. Smaller = better when it comes to personalized attention. Having taken PrivatAir’s LH all-C 737’s, It is almost as good as a 747 upper deck C experience. I would take this aircraft in an instant. The boarding and deplaning process is practically effortless on these smaller aircraft too.

  3. Non-stop on the way there, one-stop (a tech fuel stop in Ireland) on the way back is totally unappealing. The heathrow express train really mitigates the benefit of flying in to an airport closer to the city center. I really don’t see this route lasting long.

  4. But you get to clear customs in Ireland. Land at JFK and walk off the plane, into the terminal, and out into the US of A.

  5. It’s still an unnecessary stop. You’ve got to clear customs regardless. Many times the lines in Ireland to clear customs in Ireland can be longer than in the US – and there’s no GlobalEntry kiosks in Ireland. That is not my idea of time savings.

  6. During the stop at Shannon, passengers will clear both immigration and customs. During the trials, the stop was less than 45 minutes. This is the first customs point in Ireland, I think you are confusing the long queues with the immigration points at Dublin and Shannon. Secondly, only BA are using the customs point. As Dublin does not have a customs point, Aer Lingus are only offering their passengers the immigration pre-clearance service, not customs so as to ensure the same service for their customs irrespective of where they begin their journey.

    In respect of getting to LCY vs LHR; this flight is aimed at those working in the city. With a 15 minute minimum check-in time at LCY, a person in the city can leave their office far later than having to trek across to Paddington and get the HEX or sitting on the tube.

  7. I hope this works out for BA; in addition to offering the convenience of LCY they do have the corporate contracts and loyal Executive Club members on Wall Street and in the Square Mile that MaxJet, Eos and Silverjet sorely lacked. They also have a new and more fuel efficient aircraft…But I wonder with so many corporate travel policies under review, and with the financial sector particularly under pressure, if they are a couple of years too late with this idea. Would have been fantastic during the boom years but now, let’s see…

  8. So is the length of the customs/immigration procedures at Shannon totally predictable? What if I was on the flight and the US government decided they needed to spend a little bit more time asking me questions or tear apart my luggage or rifle through the files on my laptop — would BA hold the plane for me, or do they leave after 45 mins with whoever happens to be back on board?

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