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British Airways has reportedly sent its most iconic jet since the Concorde to be scrapped. See inside the plane that shuttled VIP flyers between New York and London.

Business Insider Logo By tpallini@businessinsider.com (Thomas Pallini) of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 33:  British Airways is scrapping the all-business class jet that only served the London-New York route. The Airbus A318 stretched only eight rows and was fitted with luxurious lie-flat seats.  The flight used London's smaller City Airport to directly connect the Big Apple with London's financial district.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. British Airways just dealt a blow to its premium customers as the airline is scrapping the all-business class aircraft formerly offered on the billion-dollar London-New York flagship route, Aviation Week reported.The VIP-configured Airbus A318 aircraft was the only one of its kind in the British Airways fleet when its retirement was announced in July. The service boasted enhanced convenience and luxury to the business travelers that frequented the route and, with capacity for only 32 passengers, it was among the closest to a private jet in the airline world. British Airways used the service to solidify its place as the route's go-to premium carrier, replacing the Concorde as the crown jewel of the airline's transatlantic offering. The smaller and more exclusive A318 service catered to the airline's top spenders with a direct link between New York City and London's financial district by using London's City Airport instead of Heathrow or Gatwick Airports. It was also a bucket list flight for many aviation enthusiasts since the A318 was already itself a rare aircraft on which to fly, let alone on a transatlantic journey and in an all-business class configuration. But the aircraft is no longer in British Airways' fleet after being sent to be dismantled in the Netherlands, according to Aviation Week.Take a look inside the most exclusive aircraft to connect New York and London since the Concorde.Read the original article on Business Insider

British Airways has reportedly sent its most iconic jet since the Concorde to be scrapped. See inside the plane that shuttled VIP flyers between New York and London.

  • British Airways is scrapping the all-business class jet that only served the London-New York route.
  • The Airbus A318 stretched only eight rows and was fitted with luxurious lie-flat seats. 
  • The flight used London's smaller City Airport to directly connect the Big Apple with London's financial district. 
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

British Airways just dealt a blow to its premium customers as the airline is scrapping the all-business class aircraft formerly offered on the billion-dollar London-New York flagship route, Aviation Week reported.

The VIP-configured Airbus A318 aircraft was the only one of its kind in the British Airways fleet when its retirement was announced in July. The service boasted enhanced convenience and luxury to the business travelers that frequented the route and, with capacity for only 32 passengers, it was among the closest to a private jet in the airline world. 

British Airways used the service to solidify its place as the route's go-to premium carrier, replacing the Concorde as the crown jewel of the airline's transatlantic offering. The smaller and more exclusive A318 service catered to the airline's top spenders with a direct link between New York City and London's financial district by using London's City Airport instead of Heathrow or Gatwick Airports. 

It was also a bucket list flight for many aviation enthusiasts since the A318 was already itself a rare aircraft on which to fly, let alone on a transatlantic journey and in an all-business class configuration. But the aircraft is no longer in British Airways' fleet after being sent to be dismantled in the Netherlands, according to Aviation Week.

Take a look inside the most exclusive aircraft to connect New York and London since the Concorde.

Read the original article on Business Insider
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