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Article from BTNews 14 SEPTEMBER 2009

BA long haul at London City Airport

BRITISH AIRWAYS is gradually releasing details of its new 32-seat Airbus A318 service from London City Airport (LCY) to New York JFK via Shannon.  Artist impressions of the interior (shown here) indicate that the cabin will be an updated version of the traditional Club World product with the passengers sitting side by side, rather than the staggered layout now used in long haul which allows for those sitting by the window to get out without disturbing a travelling partner.  BA says that there will be special lounge facilities within the gate, presumably similar to that offered for Concorde, but incoming passengers will not have the luxury of the popular arrivals lounge, a welcome attraction at Heathrow from an overnight flight.  Whilst breakfast will be served it is possible that vouchers might be given out for the LCY restaurant.  Travellers will have to get off at Shannon during a 45-minute stopover, thought by some to be unnecessary.  US immigration could easily come on board and verify details from the passenger lists they already have.  According to Flight International the cockpit crew will officially start their day at Heathrow, which will mean a change of pilots at Shannon. www.ba.com

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