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What’s It Like Flying On British Airways’ All-Business Class A318?

British Airways’ A318 is dubbed as the most private commercial flight in the industry. Join The Passport Out, as we explore the “Baby Bus” from London City Airport (LCY) to New York (JFK).

Airbus A318 “Baby Bus” at the tarmac of London City Airport (LCY) waiting to take her 32 passengers to New York (JFK) via Shannon, Ireland.


The spacious cabin of BA001 for this 9 hour and 35 minute flight across the Atlantic. The aircraft has a 2-2 seating configuration in eight rows with a single aisle.

The Seat

The Club World London City recline full-flat seat is different from your usual Club World Seats – Both seats face forward with a privacy divider separating them.
For entertainment, BA001 offers iPads with a collection of movies, TV shows, and games, opting out of fussy fixed screens.

Shannon, Ireland

Approaching Shannon, Ireland from London City Airport (LCY) – BA001 is the only transatlantic flight from the United Kingdom which offers passengers pre-clearance at US Customs and Immigration. All these are taken care of in Shannon, Ireland.

The Food

Green salad with Vinaigrette and Thereto Roasted Bread.
Taittinger Brut with Canapés served on the Shannon, Ireland to New York (JFK) leg of BA001.

Arrival at New York (JFK)

Long Island seen shortly before landing at John F. Kennedy.
Arriving in New York (JFK) as a domestic passenger, and heading straight to baggage claim. Saves you a lot of time!

If you’re still not sure about taking the Baby Bus, worry not, you can now take a tour of this exclusive fleet to help you decide. Thanks to Google Street View!

Booked this route yet? 😉

British Airways flies 6x weekly between London City Airport (LCY) to New York (JFK).
William @ Passport Out

William is a content manager at The Passport Out

  1. Reiko

    February 7, 2018 6:26 pm


  2. James

    February 7, 2018 6:28 pm

    i wish we have this in asia…

  3. Brian Qu

    February 7, 2018 7:30 pm

    Can I book it even if I’m from Hong Kong? Even on the website?

  4. WilliamHo

    February 7, 2018 9:11 pm

    Wow I should try this! Nothing like keeping OneWorld miles😎


    February 7, 2018 9:13 pm

    like an airbus private jet cool

  6. Ron Yau

    February 7, 2018 11:59 pm

    Sleek seats. But the lounge looks like crap. if im traveling for leisure Id still choose the heathrow one for the concorde room experience.

  7. Anthony

    February 8, 2018 1:03 am

    tried it and its best in privacy, efficiency, and time. nothing beats that for any business traveler.

  8. Bryce Smith

    February 8, 2018 11:30 am

    Dont get me wrong its nice and sleek but i think they have to refurbish the seats soon…no built-in seat entertainment? hangers on the seats? No thank you.

  9. naoki

    February 8, 2018 11:35 am


  10. effortlyss

    February 8, 2018 11:40 am

    This looks like the comfiest space 😍😍😍

  11. Kenneth

    February 9, 2018 12:20 am

    it looks posh. is it worth it?

  12. Kelvin Young

    February 9, 2018 10:21 pm

    Interesting how it stops in Ireland for the US Customs. Very smart of British Airways to do for business travelers.

  13. Tara

    February 10, 2018 11:26 am

    i think sas is doing something like this from houston? “longest 737 flight”

  14. Jay K.

    February 10, 2018 11:40 am

    The idea of a no hassle BA flight is a dream 😍
    BA flight are INSANE…to say the least

  15. Carmen

    February 12, 2018 12:11 pm

    like flying private…you board with stairs!

  16. George Nilsson

    February 12, 2018 12:15 pm

    I wish I could fly like this every time, might make flying premium a 2018 bucket list item!

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