Since the closure of the British Airways Club World London City service, the flight numbers BA1 to BA4 have gone unused. There is a special flight operating soon that uses the BA1 flight number and it’s possible to book tickets on it.
The prestigious four flight numbers were originally used by supersonic Concorde services between London and New York. After that, they were retired until the London City to New York services began. They have now been put out of service once more.
Returning For One Flight Only
To celebrate the reopening of travel between Europe and the United States, British Airways is operating a special BA1. This will be flying from London Heathrow to New York JFK on Monday, 8 November 2021.
This will be operated by the pretty much brand new Airbus A350-1000, which is quite fitting. Tickets are available in World Traveller (economy class) and World Traveller Plus (premium economy). Nothing is available up front, suggesting there’ll be some big wigs on board.
Will They Get Used Again?
New York has always been the premier destination for British Airways out of London. It’s where they make a great deal of their money, so it’s not too surprising they are marking the occasion of travel reopening.
What I’m curious about is whether BA1 will only come back for one flight only, or if we will see these flight numbers resurrected in the future. Here’s hoping, as it’s a bit weird having them unused.
Flying across the Atlantic on British Airways 1 is an experience I’ll always remember. Sure, it wasn’t Concorde (now that would have really been something), but out of London City and back it was a private jet like experience. Certainly memorable!
Have you ever been on an airline’s flight 1 before? Do you think BA will do this for one flight only or not? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
Featured image by Steve Lynes via Wikimedia Commons.