British Airways Suspends London City – New York JFK

British Airways has permanently suspended its all business class service to London City airport to New York JFK.

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British Airways Airbus A318 Aircraft, G-EUNA
British Airways Airbus A318 Aircraft, G-EUNA (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has permanently suspended its all business class service from London City to New York JFK.

This was expected following the announcement by BA’s parent company International Airlines Group that it plans to withdraw its Airbus A318 fleet.

The route was suspended in March 2020 and was due to return from late October 2020. It has now been withdrawn from BA’s timetables entirely.

Passengers whose flights have been cancelled are entitled to a full refund. Alternatively, passengers can be rebooked on alternative American Airlines and BA services to New York from London Heathrow.

BA has suspended flights from London Gatwick to New York JFK and these are provisionally due to return from late October 2020.

In light of market conditions and IAG’s decision to take into account environmental considerations when planning new routes it is unlikely that BA will launch a similar service again.

New York JFK was the only long-haul route from London City airport. Start-ups such as Odyssey Airlines have expressed a desire to launch all business class routes from London City. These are unlikely to succeed without guaranteed support from corporate customers and business travellers who can be lured away from frequent flyer programmes of rival airlines.

What happens to BA’s fleet of two Airbus A318 aircraft isn’t clear. One is leased to Titan Airways. Both aircraft have been provided as security for a $750 million loan which means BA can’t sell or scrap them until the loan is repaid in May 2021.

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BA Reveals New York JFK Club Lounge

British Airways has unveiled images of its refurbished Club lounge at New York JFK Terminal 7.

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British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7 (Image Credit: British Airways)

British Airways has unveiled official images of its revamped Club lounge at New York JFK Terminal 7.

The new lounge opened last week and completes BA’s refurbishment of its lounge complex at New York JFK Terminal 7, after the new First lounge opened last year. The Concorde Room is not being refurbished.

The lounge structure is largely the same as before with an Elemis travel spa, self-service bars and a revamped pre-flight dining area (for evening flights). New facilities include a new entertainment room with audio visual equipment from Sony, a BrewDog craft beer room and a granite topped Quaich Bar, staffed by a bartender.

If you’ve not visited the lounge before, it is huge, something that is not conveyed in the press photographs. It is easily the biggest BA lounge outside of London.

The lounge is also available to eligible passengers travelling on other airlines operating at Terminal 7 such as ANA and Iberia. The lounge is open all day (though BA check-in desks aren’t). This lounge will have a relatively short life span. Terminal 7 is due to be demolished and BA is to join American Airlines in Terminal 8 from 2022.

British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7 (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7 (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7 (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7 (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7 (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7 (Image Credit: British Airways)
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7 Elemis Spa
British Airways Club Lounge New York JFK Terminal 7 Elemis Spa (Image Credit: British Airways)

Update: BA has released a short video tour of the lounge:

BA Completes New York JFK Club Lounge Refurbishment

British Airways has completed its refurbishment of its New York JFK Club lounge.

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BA New York JFK Terminal 7
BA New York JFK Terminal 7 (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

Over the past few months BA has been refurbishing its Club lounge at New York JFK Terminal 7.

This is part of a wider refurbishment of the terminal. A new First lounge opened late last year.

The refurbishment of the Club lounge appears to be now complete. This must be the largest BA lounge outside of London. The facilities are largely the same as before with an Elemis travel spa and pre-flight dining.

However, BA promises a new lobby area, improved audio visual entertainment from Sony, a Brew Dog Craft Beer Room, and larger self-service food areas.

This new lounge will have a relatively limited life span as Terminal 7 is due to be demolished. BA will join its alliance partner American Airlines in Terminal 8 from 2022.

Unfortunately, no official press pictures are available at the moment. But these should be made available in the next couple of weeks.

Virgin Atlantic & Delta to operate New York “shuttle”

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Virgin Atlantic & Delta Air Lines Aircraft (Image Credit: Delta Air Lines)

Following the grant of anti-trust immunity by the US Department of Transportation, Virgin Atlantic and Delta have today confirmed they will co-ordinate their schedules to operate a nine times daily shuttle service on the London Heathrow – New York (Newark & JFK) route from 30 March 2014.

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