July 5, 2020

British Airways All Business Class Jet to New York

– Have you ever flown to Shannonand JFK from here before? – No, this is my first time.

I've never seen it so crowded because the airport is so small.

This is a really comfortable way to go to Ireland.

– The aircraft can't take the full weight and the full fuel off the runway.

– Greatest secret of British Airways now.

– And we flew at 39, 000 feet today.

Mach is actually seven nine, so it's .

79, at the speed of sound.

– What a memory.

(upbeat pop music) (easy listening music) (voice on the PA system) – Have you ever flown to Shannonand JFK from here before? – No this is my first time.

– This is your first time okay.

So let me explain to you how this works.

Your flight is due to depart at 9:40, your flight to Shannon whereyou'll arrive there 11:00, once you arrive thereat 11:00 you de-board, when you de-board pleasemake sure you take all your belongings off there, don't leave them on there because they will do thescreening of the plane.

Once you're in Shannon you'llgo through immigration, all your paperwork andeverything will be checked there, once that's all checked andcleared then you'll go back onto the same plane, it usually takes about 15 minutes maximum, you'll go back to thesame plane, same seat, and then you'll flyoff to JFK where at JFK you'll go through as a domestic passenger.

– Oh sounds lovely.

(upbeat pop music) – Well this is so crazyat London City Airport, I've never seen so crowdedbecause the airport is so small.

(upbeat pop music) Well it was absolutelymadness at the City Airport.

The security check, half an hour queues, the space is just so limited here.

I think UK has one ofthe highest airport tax in the world but thefacility isn't very great.

With no lounge at the London City Airport for passenger flying on this flight, you will get a voucher forbreakfast in a restaurant at the terminal.

Hi is this your firsttime flying this flight? – This is my first timeflying this flight, yeah very exciting.

– I was told this is all business class, only eight rows.

Feels like your privatejet with your own family going on this flight.

Are you excited? – Yes I am excited how bout you? – Super excited.

(laughter) – You can now boardthe aircraft thank you.

(plane engines) – I'm here today, I'mflying possibly the smallest commercial plane, transatlantic.

The A318 Baby Bustransatlantic to New York.

Hi there.

– Good morning sir, how are you? – Nice to see you.

– Please may I check your boarding card? – Yes I'm at the back of the bus.

– You are you're 8A sir aren't you? – 8A but still in business class.

(laughter) – Absolutely sir.

Sir my name's Chris I'myour CSM, welcome aboard.

If you need any help today please just ask and there we are 8A welcome.

– Pleasure flying with you Chris.

– Thank you sir we'resorry to keep you waiting.

Nice right, isn't it? – Yes very nice.

– Very nice, yeah.

All right take care.

– Good job! – Hello good morning hi.

(classical music) – Hello.

– Hello.

– I'm all the way at thevery end of the plane, this is my seat.

– Very warm welcome to you.

– Yeah thank you very much.

– Welcome aboard sir.

– My pleasure.

(upbeat pop music) Oh my God this is so cool, thisis at the end of the plane, I'm siting at the veryvery end of the plane still business class only eight rows.

Look at this, no one around.

– Good morning Mr.

Chui, welcomeon board, my name is Chris, I'll be your senior crew member.

This is today's menu for you.

– So you've heard about ourLondon City New York route.

– I heard about this so much.

– We've been operatingnow for nearly 10 years.

– Is that so, nearly 10 years? – And it's our.

.

.

– 10th anniversary.

– Anniversary.

– Wow! – Yeah we're very proud of our.

.

.

– Finally I made it just before 10 years! I knew this flight number a long time, this used to be theConcorde's flight number, Speedbird 001, 002.

And now today I just sawthere's only three cabin crew on this flight.

– Yes there's only three cabin crew.

– And we only have like 17 passengers? – This is our first quiet day today.

– Able to give a really good service.

– Amazing.

It must be one of yourfavourite flights this one.

– Oh yes, yeah absolutely.

– Favourable passengerpeople for the crew.

– Immensely proud, yeah it'sreally really really lovely.

– [Pilot] Welcome aboardthis London City section going up to Shannon first.

We'll get getting off in Shannon, you'll get some new flight crew there, but your wonderful cabincrew team good news for you are taking you all the way through to JFK.

And for this sectionto Shannon is one hour and five minutes.

(plane engine) (lively contemporary music) – We've got some heavyturbulence just after takeoff, it was very bumpy and lots of cloud, no feasible ceiling yet still climbing.

(easy listening music) – Would you like to tryour vegetarian sushi today or would you prefer the fruit starter? – The fruit starter please.

– Here we are.

Your champagne, enjoy.

And your fruit.

And especially for you I'vebeen baking all morning, my finest recipe.

– Oh what a surprise! – Our lovely biscuits.

– Biscuits! – Nice.

(easy listening music) This is a really comfortableway to go to Ireland, wish every flight from Londonto Ireland was like this.

I got a flat bed.

(easy listening music) (plane landing) (easy listening music) – One down, one to go.

– Hello captain, thanksfor flying me here.

– Safe pleasure, this is the show bit.

Hi good morning.

My name is Andrei Clayer, I'm one of the Captains on the Airbus through on ourLondon City to New York route.

– Now Captain I want to askyou how long is the runway at London City? – London City's a short runway, and it's a narrow runway.

1500 metres approximatelylong and only 30 metres wide.

– Is that the reason we cannotdo a nonstop to New York? We have to make a tack stop at Shannon? – Correct, so the aircraftcan't take the full weight and the full fuel offthe runway at London City and meet the climb gradient, so the compromise is to cometo Shannon and then refuel and the passengers canclear US immigration.

– Brilliant, that's areally good strategy.

How long this aeroplane canfly because we only have 32 business class seatsso it's fairly light.

So what's the rangegiven this configuration? – Well when it's fullyfueled up the configuration is to New York and beyondso it's probably an eight and a half hour, nine hour endurance.

– My name's Jeremy, I'm the First Officer, we've just finished theflight from London to Shannon.

We're gonna get off now and hand over to another fight crew, thereason being it's quite close to our hour limits ifwe carry on to New York.

So to protect the operationwe do a crew change and we'll come backtomorrow and we'll take the next service to New York.

(easy listening music) – Well nice to see you again Chris.

– Nice to see you again welcome back.

– Super easy transit.

– Absolutely slick andthis is gonna save you hours at the other end.

– I knew this is great.

– Fantastic sir.

– Really really good.

– I'm really pleased thatyou found it very easy.

We wish more people would comeand try it because obviously they're so slick, so professional.

– It's almost like the greatest secret of British Airways now.

– I didn't want to say that but yes sir, you're absolutely right.

– Hello.

– Hello again.

– Good to see you again.

– Welcome back.

– Welcome back.

– 15 minutes only.

– How was that, 15 minutes? – Yeah short transit, amazing.

– Isn't good isn't it? – It was a really short transit.

We were off board around11:30, now at 12:00 ready to go as the captain said.

It feels really intimate, you know the crew already, you're coming on boardagain and you know where you're sitting, everything's familiar, so it's a great experience.

There's also a very funnyUS Immigration Officer, he actually knew mefrom YouTube and he said I knew this guy.

Of course I'm not able tofilm at the US Immigration, I'm not able to have him on the camera, but you know who you areand thank you so much for watching my videos.

– White Company amenity kit for you.

– Thank you.

– [Pilot] Now climbing upto 39, 000 feet for the crew, very quick flight time today, just six hours and 30 minutes.

(plane engine) (easy listening music) – There's only one class onthis plane, business class.

It feels private jet, it really feels private.

– Sir good afternoon, can Ioffer you an Ipad for your entertainment onboard today? – Sure.

(easy listening music) – Your lunch is served sir.

Potato and Stilton soup for your starter.

(easy listening music) 2018, yeah? Would you like to try it first? – No it's okay.

– Would you like us to pour it? (easy listening music) – The catering is from Do & Co.

The presentation ispretty nice, nice glasses, brad trade, looks a bit posh and upscale.

The taste was okay, it wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either.

(easy listening music) – This is all by The White Company.

Very prestigious.

– From UK from London.

– Yeah uh huh.

Inside the first thing we have is the ground mattress.

There's the duvet whichis really really soft.

Lots of ladies like towear, this is a shawl, cause it's also very very soft.

– Oh yeah.

(easy listening music) – Enjoy your rest.

(easy listening music) – Well I must say the beddingis really really nice.

Very very plush pillow, veryvery nice duvet, soft blanket, this goes fully flat as well.

It's not angle flat, it's actually full flat.

So it's amazing it can go full flat on a small plane like this.

I slept so well, I slept fourand a half hours rock solid.

I think I was justpreviously exhausted from the last three days spottingaround London Heathrow.

– This is the Ploughman's lunch.

– Ploughman's.

– With the traditionalscotch egg, the ham, Stilton, pickle, salami, the threedifferent kinds of breads, freshly baked scones with the jam and also the sweet treat.

(easy listening music) – Mr.

Chui I just wantedto come and say thank you very much for choosing us.

– Thank you, thank you very much.

– We hope you've enjoyedyour flight with us.

– Oh tremendous, really a pleasure.

– Thank you very much andhopefully we'll see you again soon sir.

– It's just so privatewith only 20 passenger, everyone have a empty seat next door.

I actually used some of mysoon to expire Qatar Airways Q Miles to redeem onBritish Airways as their One World Alliance, so70, 000 miles on Q Miles for 446 pound is a very highsurcharge and a very high tax out of London.

– Cabin crew would liketo thank you very much for all your hard work today.

Please take your seats now for landing.

(easy listening music) – As you have already clearedUS Immigration and Customs at Shannon, you'll be arrivingas a domestic customer.

All of us at British Airways and indeed the One World Alliancewould like to welcome home our customers who live here in New York.

I wish those of you visitinga very enjoyable stay.

– It's been a pleasure, absolute pleasure.

– Yeah thank you very much, see you around, bye bye.

– Take care.

– Hi I'm Captain NickLamont and I've just flown you over to New Yorkfrom Shannon we got on, and some other guys flew youto Shannon from another city.

And you asked for someinformation on the flight, so we flew at 39, 000 feet today.

We flew at Mach .

79, so it's.

79 is the speed of sound.

The distance was 2, 875 miles.

We used about 13 tonnes of fuel.

– I think I've just flownthe smallest commercial aeroplane transatlantic.

Do you agree with that? – Yeah, I think so yeah.

– Think so as well.

The A380 is the smallestcommercial airlines transatlantic.

What's great about it is coming in, arriving as domesticpassenger I don't have to fight for the queueto clear immigration.

And also we arrive at Gate 1, that was the old Concorde gate.

I took that gate when Itook the Concorde in 2003.

What a memory! (easy listening music).

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