British Airways All-Business Class Flights Won’t be Nonstop

A quick follow-up to the story about British Airways launching all-business class service between London (City) and New York:  The flights will need to make a fueling stop (likely at Shannon, Ireland) on the westbound trips because weight restrictions at London City will limit the amount of fuel the A318 can carry.  In the Trying to Turn Lemons into Lemonade Department, BA is trying to work with authorities at Shannon to allow passengers to clear US customs while at the Irish airport.  The fuel stop will add about 2 hours to the journey time.

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  1. Yes, I was wondering how off that short runway at London City they were going to make it!

  2. Slightly good that they are going to clear immigration at SNN, but they’re going to need to deplane everyone, which makes that a pretty inconvenient exercise. I did it back in the day on a Continental flight DUB-SNN-EWR and getting off the plane with the raging hangover from the night before was not my idea of a good time.

    For folks who can afford to pay for the J fares anyways I’m guessing that there will be a lot of LON-NYC travel from one of the other airports on a non-stop flight and the returns to LCY on the BA “shuttle” flight. This will make the west-bound flights less than profitable unless there is a significant premium being charged.

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