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British Airways cancels BA1, London City to New York, and Beirut

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The A318, ‘all business class’ British Airways flight from London City Airport to New York JFK may have met its match.

The last flight (for a while) will be Wednesday 25th March, allowing British Airways to escape its EC261 compensation obligations by cancelling more than 14 days in advance.

In theory, the flight is set to return in September and tickets can still be purchased for the Autumn.  Nothing is certain, of course, and we may have seen the end of it.

Of course, when I reviewed the flight last year I titled the first part “Review: Should British Airways scrap BA1, the ‘all business’ London City to New York service?“.  I felt that the lack of property IFE and the 2×2 open seating was no longer good enough.  The extension of Global Entry meant that the ability to clear immigration in Shannon was also becoming less of a draw, and Crossrail will soon make Heathrow a lot nearer to Canary Wharf.

BA1 A318 interior view

British Airways drops Beirut

Talking of dropping flights, British Airways has dropped – permanently – flights to Beirut.

This is not linked to coronavirus, and indeed the cancellation does not take effect until 12th May.

As it happens, this is exactly the same time that British Airways gets back 12 daily slot pairs from Flybe.  Beirut uses an ex-BMI A321 short-haul aircraft, albeit with proper business class seats, and this aircraft could cover a number of short-haul flights in the Flybe slots.

The economic situation in Lebanon has been troublesome for some time and it appears that the volume of passengers is no longer there to make the route viable.  Royal Jordanian will remain a oneworld option via Amman.

BA A321 business class

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Comments (304)

  • PETER B MUDGE says:

    I am due to fly from JFK to London LHR on BA 0174 on June 2 2020 and return from London LHR to JFK New York on BA 0113 on July 2 2020. If i wish to cancel due to the Corona Virus problem am i able to be given a refund for future use.I paid for the ticket using Avios and a Visa Credit Card for$558.07 I am quite happy for a Voucher for the cash payment. Would my Avios be refunded to me also. I intend making this trip within a year from the above flight times. i have been with British Airways for many years and am in the Executive Club #51692767 My booking reference isKGTIFU
    Yours Sincerely,
    Dr Peter B Mudge.