Experience Virgin Australia Business Class At London City

British Airways is wet leasing an Embraer E190 aircraft at London City, previously operated by Virgin Australia.

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EI-GHK Embraer E190 Business Class
EI-GHK Embraer E190 Business Class (Image Credit: Virgin Australia)

Opinions have always been divided on whether business class on intra-European flights is worth it.

However, in the case of BA from London City, the general consensus it isn’t.

There’s no lounge at London City. The seating configuration is the same as economy. And, due to the overall number of seats being capped at less than 100 for industrial relations reasons, there is relatively generous leg room in economy.

However, there is now one aircraft where business class is at least a tangible improvement. Some time ago BA announced a wet-leasing agreement with Stobart Air to provide additional capacity at London City.

The first aircraft, registration EI-GHK, entered into service this weekend. The aircraft used to be operated by Virgin Australia.

It does benefit from a separate business class cabin. It comprises two rows, each with three seats in a 1-2 configuration. Passengers also benefit from more generous leg room of 38 inches.

There is of course a certain irony in a BA flight operating with a cabin from a Virgin branded airline.

So far it has operated to Milan and Rotterdam. There’s no way of predicting exactly on which routes the aircraft will operate. And there’s a less than 5% chance of it being on your flight. However, if it is you should see the seat map below immediately before your flight:
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British Airways launches London City – Munich

British Airways will fly from London City to Munich up to three times daily from 16 February 2019.

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St. Maximilian Church and River Isar, Munich
St. Maximilian Church and River Isar, Munich (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to launch a new route from London City to Munich.

The airline will fly to Munich up to three times daily from Saturday 16 February 2019. Flights will be operated with Embraer E190 aircraft.

This will be the only direct flight from London City to Munich. The BA press release specifically refers to one BA corporate client Siemens welcoming the route, which suggests they may have provided guarantees to secure the route.

BA is also due to launch a new route from London City to Rome from November. These new routes are enabled by the addition of four new Embraer aircraft and further route announcements are expected. Full details of BA’s route network at London City is available at ba.com

Here is the timetable. As BA also flies from Heathrow to Munich up to 7 times daily it is of course possible to “mix and match” London departure and arrival airports, if that is convenient.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

London City – Munich

Flight BA3291 Depart London City 08:10 – Arrive Munich 10:55 (Monday – Saturday)
Flight BA3293 Depart London City 13:50 – Arrive Munich 16:35 (Monday – Friday, Sunday)
Flight BA3295 Depart London City 18:40 – Arrive Munich 21:25 (Monday – Friday, Sunday)

Munich – London City

Flight BA3292 Depart Munich 06:45 – Arrive London City 07:40 (Monday – Saturday)
Flight BA3294 Depart Munich 12:20 – Arrive London City 13:25 (Monday – Friday, Sunday)
Flight BA3296 Depart Munich 17:15 – Arrive London City 18:10 (Monday – Friday, Sunday)

BA promises expansion at London City beginning with Rome

British Airways is promising a major expansion at London City airport with a new six times weekly route to Rome and 4 additional Embraer aircraft in 2019.

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BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

British Airways has today, Wednesday 29 August 2018, signalled a commitment to a significant expansion at London City.

It is to launch a new route from London City to Rome from Sunday 11 November 2018. Flights will operate six times weekly with Embraer E190 aircraft.

The airline is to also acquire an additional four Embraer E190 aircraft in 2019. This will increase the number of aircraft based at the airport from 22 to 26. It is presumed that these aircraft will either be leased or acquired second hand as BA had allowed options for new aircraft from Embraer to expire.

This news comes just one day after CityJet announced it is withdrawing scheduled flights from the airport and is handing over its route to Dublin to Aer Lingus.

In terms of possible new routes, BA has previously suspended a number of routes at London City. These include Alicante, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Madrid. LOT is also due to launch Budapest and Warsaw in early 2019. TAP has also recently launched Lisbon and Porto.

As London City is closed for part of the weekend, it is likely these these new aircraft will also be used to launch new winter and summer seasonal routes from Stansted and other UK regional airports at weekends.

Full details of BA’s current route network at London City are available at ba.com
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BA transfers Paris Orly route from London Heathrow to City

British Airways is to transfer its route from London Heathrow to Paris Orly to London City from Sunday 29 October 2017.

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BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

British Airways is to transfer its route from London Heathrow to Paris Orly to London City airport from Sunday 29 October 2017.

Currently, BA flies from London Heathrow to Paris Orly up to four times daily.  This will reduce to three times daily from 30 September 2017 with BA334 and BA335 cancelled from this date. The last flights will operate on Saturday 28 October 2017.  BA will continue to fly from London Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle airport up to seven times daily.

BA will fly from London City to Paris Orly three times daily on weekdays and daily on weekends.  This route will reinstate a link between London City and Paris after CityJet suspended this route in March of this year.

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BA launches London City – Prague and Reykjavik

BA will fly from London City to Prague and Reykjavik from Sunday 29 October 2017.

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BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

BA is to launch two new routes from London City airport to Prague and Reykjavik from Sunday 29 October 2017.

BA will fly to Prague daily, except Saturdays and to Reykjavik twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays on a winter seasonal basis until late March 2018.

Flights will be operated by Embraer aircraft in a two class, Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration.

These will complement BA’s existing services from London Heathrow and it will be possible to “mix and match” the two London airports if that is convenient.

BA flies between London Heathrow and Prague up to four times daily.  BA currently flies between London Heathrow and Reykjavik four times weekly which will increase to twice daily from 29 October 2017.

BA has also announced that its route between London City and Granada will become a summer seasonal service only.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

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BA launches Milan from London City & Stansted from late April 2017

British Airways will fly to Milan Linate from London City & Stansted from late April 2017.

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BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport
BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

The merry go round of route changes at London City and BA’s gradual increase of weekend services at London Stansted continues with the launch of new year-round services to Milan, Italy from these two London airports in April.

The new routes to Milan’s Linate Airport will start from London City Airport on Monday 24 April 2017 and from Stansted Airport on Saturday 29 April 2017.

There will be two flights a day on week days and one a day at weekends from London City and two a week from Stansted.

Flights will be operated using Embraer aircraft in a two class Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration. Note that at some point in the summer, BA will introduce its Buy On Board “M&S On Board” catering service on these flights.

BA also flies to Milan Linate (as well as Malpensa airport) from London Heathrow up to six times a day and it is possible to “mix and match” flights if convenient.

The addition of this route at London Stansted means BA now serves nine routes at this airport: Berlin, Faro, Florence, Geneva, Ibiza, Malaga, Nice, and Palma.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

Here’s the initial timetable at launch:
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BA suspends London City – Geneva mid-June to mid-September 2017 [Corrected]

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BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport
BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport
Another week, another London City route suspension!

After announcing the cancellation of Alicante & Madrid and Angers & Hamburg, BA is to also suspend its London City – Geneva route for the summer season from mid June to mid September 2017.

The last flights operate on Friday 16 June 2017 and resume on Monday 11 September 2017.

The affected flight numbers are BA2280, BA2281, BA2284, BA2285, BA 2286 and BA2287. 

Affected passengers will have the option of a refund or being accommodated on a BA flight to Geneva from London Heathrow, which operates up to eight times daily. Passengers should contact either BA or their travel agent.

Swiss will continue to fly London City – Geneva year round up to three times daily.

Note: An earlier version of this article stated that the route suspension was for the entire summer season (late March to late October).  This was incorrect as we had erroneously inferred that a summer suspension was for the whole of the summer timetable.

BA suspends London City – Angers & Hamburg from late March 2017

British Airways has suspended its routes from London City to Angers and Hamburg from late March 2017.

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BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport
BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

British Airways is to suspend its routes from London City to Angers and Hamburg from late March 2017.

Flights to Angers (Arville Airport) had intended to operate three times weekly on a summer seasonal basis from Monday 27 March 2017 to Friday 27 October 2017. All of these flights have now been suspended. Affected passengers have the option of being rerouted BA’s twice weekly summer seasonal service to Nantes from London Heathrow or a full refund.

The affected flight numbers are BA8743 and and BA8744.

Flights to Hamburg currently operate up to three times daily and will be permanently suspended from Sunday 26 March 2017. Affected passengers have the option of being rerouted on BA’s daily services from London Heathrow or a full refund.

The affected flight numbers are BA3291, BA3292, BA3293, BA3294, BA3295 and BA3296.

Affected passengers should contact either BA or their travel agent.

BA launches new seasonal route from London City to Skiathos

BA will fly from London City to Skiathos three times weekly from Monday 26 June – Wednesday 6 September 2017.

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Skiathos, Greece
Skiathos, Greece (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways is to launch a new summer seasonal route from London City airport to the Greek island of Skiathos.

Flights will operate from Monday 26 June 2017 to Wednesday 6 September 2017, three times a week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to Skiathos Island National Airport.. It will resume in 2018 from Monday 25 June 2018 to Wednesday 5 September 2018.

Flights will be operated using Embraer E190 aircraft in a two class, Club Europe business class and EuroTraveller economy configuration.

Flights are on sale now at ba.com

Separately BA has announced that London City – Mykonos will operate five times weekly in the summer (every day, except Tuesdays and Saturdays).

This route announcement does increase BA’s summer seasonal which also includes Chania, Corfu, Kalamata, Kos, Mykonos, Santorini and Zakynthos from London Heathrow.

London City – Skiathos

Flight BA2225 Depart London City 07:10 – Arrive Skiathos 12:30 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)
Flight BA2224 Depart Skiathos 13:15 – Arrive 14:55 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

BAs launches London City – Manchester (sort of..)

BA will fly between London City and Manchester just once a week between Sunday 21 May and Sunday 1 October 2017.

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BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport
BA CityFlyer Embraer at London City Airport

British Airways is to launch a new route from London City to Manchester.

Interested? Well don’t get too excited. There’s just one return flight a week and it only operates from Sunday 21 May to Sunday 1 October 2017!

However, there is method behind the madness. Allow us to explain:

London City is closed from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. As this would leave BA’s fleet of Embraer aircraft otherwise sitting on the ground, last year it ran a successful experiment of summer weekend leisure flights from Stansted. BA is now looking to extend this to other UK airports and Manchester is the latest airport to gain weekend leisure routes.

BA will offer weekend leisure flights from Manchester to Alicante, Ibiza, Malaga, Mykonos, Nice and Palma from late May to October 2017.

As BA needs to move aircraft from London City to Manchester to operate the flights, it has also opened this flight for sale to passengers.

Flights from Manchester are on sale now at ba.com.  The only exception are flights between Manchester and London City which go on sale on 21 February 2017.

Please note that the timetables below are indicative only. There may be changes to the schedule depending on the strength of forward bookings.

Whilst food & drink should initially be complementary in EuroTraveller, at some point in the summer BA is expected to extend its Marks & Spencer Buy-On-Board to all London City flights and London Stansted and Manchester weekend leisure flights.

With the exception of Alicante, all of these routes are also served by BA from Heathrow and it should be possible to “mix and match” direct flights with indirect flights via London Heathrow (or via Iberia in Madrid in some cases). If booking connections take care not to book connections from different London airports as any travel between London airports will be at your own expense and not recommended.
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