British Airways pulls out of exclusive shipping service with Airbus A318

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Where the A318 is equipped with more than a hundred seats at the average airline, the two A318s of British Airways could accommodate 32 passengers. One of the two aircraft was already transferred to Titan Airways in 2017, but now the remaining aircraft also leaves the fleet.

British Airways used flight numbers BA1 and BA2 on the route between London and New York. These were previously worn by the famous Concorde.

Heavy loss
Parent company IAG reported deep red half-year figures on Friday. In that period a loss of 3.8 billion euros was incurred. The major culprit is the corona crisis, which forces the company to make major cutbacks. Not only are thousands of jobs disappearing, the fleet is also being reduced.

British Airways therefore quickly said goodbye to the Boeing 747-400 and now also says the only A318 goodbye.

Worry child
With British Airways getting the A318 out the door, few commercial users of the type remain. Only Air France and Tarom still operate scheduled flights of the poorly selling type. At Air France, however, the Airbus A220 is ready to succeed the A318, leaving Tarom as the sole user. In addition, two dozen A318s in VIP version fly around.



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