British Airways Short Haul Fleet Guide

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British Airways Short Haul Collage August 2021 (Image Credit: British Airways)

Here is our guide to British Airways’ short haul fleet across London airports.

Unlike long haul aircraft, BA’s short haul fleet is relatively unscathed from COVID-19. Though a large number of aircraft remain grounded. BA has prioritised operating next generation Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft.

BA continues to retire Airbus A319 aircraft. It has withdrawn the Embraer E170 at London City, leaving all flights operated with Embraer E190 aircraft. 

This year, BA’s parent company IAG expects to take delivery of 10 short haul aircraft. 6 of these will be allocated to Iberia, leaving 4 for other IAG group airlines.

The majority of BA’s short haul fleet is equipped with WiFi. Details of how to connect and charges are available on ba.com

Here’s a breakdown of the different types of aircraft in BA’s short haul fleet:

You can also see our dedicated short haul network pages for London CityGatwick and Heathrow.

Wet Leases

BA is wet leasing aircraft and crews from other airlines during the summer 2022 season.

This includes aircraft from Iberia Express and Titan Airways at Gatwick and Finnair at Heathrow Terminal 3. Passengers should be notified in advance if their flight is operated by another airline.

Fleet Summary

Aircraft TypeTotal December 2021
Future DeliveriesOptions
Airbus A31930
Airbus A320ceo67

Airbus A320neo17
510
Airbus A321ceo18

Airbus A321neo
10
3
Embraer E19023
Total1658
10

Airbus A319, A320, A321 ceo Aircraft

BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)
BA Airbus A319 aircraft at London Heathrow (Image Credit: British Airways)

As at 31 December 2021, BA has 30 Airbus A319, 67 A320, & 18 A321 aircraft.

Not all aircraft have returned to service. Indeed, none of the 18 A321 aircraft have flown since COVID-19.

BA continues to retire A319 aircraft, with 5 leaving the fleet in 2021.

One Airbus A319 aircraft, G-EUPJ, bears a retrospective livery of BA’s predecessor airline British European Airways.

Most A320 and A321 aircraft have been subject to “densification”. The number of seats on A320s increased from 168 to 180. The number of seats on A321s increased from 205 to 218.

All Airbus short haul aircraft operate in a flexible configuration with 3-3 seating in Euro Traveller economy, which can be converted to a 2-2 configuration for Club Europe business class passengers at the front of the aircraft.

The exceptions are 4 Airbus A321 in a “mid-haul” configuration with a dedicated 23 seat Club World cabin. These carry registration numbers G-MEDF, G-MEDG, G-MEDJ and G-MEDU.

BA Airbus A321 Business Class
BA Airbus A321 Business Class (Image Credit: British Airways)

These used to operate flights to Amman and Moscow Domodedovo and are grounded. This suggests these aircraft may be withdrawn or converted to short-haul use.

Airbus A320 and A321neo Aircraft

There are 17 Airbus A320neo and 10 Airbus 321neo aircraft at Heathrow.

BA plans to take delivery of 5 more Airbus A320neo aircraft, with options for 10 more. BA also plans to take delivery of 3 more A321neo aircraft. These are expected to be delivered by the end of 2023.

The Airbus A320 and A321neo aircraft have a different layout to the rest of BA’s fleet. They have 180 and 220 seats respectively.

IAG adopted a “zero base” approach to have as much commonality as possible with its subsidiaries. This is to take advantage of economies of scale and move aircraft between airlines should economic conditions dictate.

Boeing 737-8 / 10

In June 2019, IAG signed a Letter Of Intent to order 200 Boeing 737-8 / 10 aircraft.

This was in part driven by a perceived need to introduce competition between Airbus and Boeing for short haul aircraft.

It was planned that these would be used by BA at Gatwick as well as fellow IAG airline Vueling.  

On 19 May 2022, IAG converted this to a firm order for 25 737-8200 and 25 737-10 aircraft, with options for 100 more. IAG has not confirmed which airlines in the group these will be allocated to. The first candidate is most likely Vueling.

Embraer E-190

BA CityFlyer Embraer Aircraft
BA CityFlyer Embraer Aircraft (Image Credit: British Airways)

BA has 23 Embraer E-190 aircraft.

These are operated by BA CityFlyer at London City Airport. Prior to COVID-19, it was planned that its fleet of Embraer aircraft would increase to 30. No further deliveries are planned.

Retired Aircraft Types

BA retired its last Boeing 767 from short haul operations on 25 November 2018.

BA retired its last Boeing 737 at Gatwick in 2015.

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