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 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 It has withdrawn the Embraer E170 at London City, leaving all flights operated with Embraer E190 aircraft.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:
|Aircraft Type||Total December 2021||Future Deliveries||Options|
Airbus A319, A320, A321 ceo Aircraft
As at 31 December 2021, BA has 30 Airbus A319, 67 A320, & 18 A321 aircraft.
Not all aircraft have returned to service. BA also 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.
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 This suggests these aircraft may be withdrawn or converted to short-haul use.
BA is in the process of transferring aircraft to its new subsidiary airline at Gatwick, BA EuroFlyer. The first aircraft, registration G-GATL, transferred in early December. This and future aircraft bear the decal “Operated by BA EuroFlyer Ltd.”
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 and 3 more A321neo aircraft by the end of 2023.
On 30 June 2022, IAG confirmed its converted options for 17 Airbus A320neo & 5 Airbus A321neo aircraft to firm orders for delivery in 2024 and 2025.
IAG followed this up in July with a further order for 37 Airbus A320neo family aircraft for delivery between 2025 and 2028. IAG also acquired options for 50 more aircraft for delivery between 2028 and 2030.
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.
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.