On the route, British Airways will run two Airbus A318 aircraft "with only 32 flatbed seats on a plane that can accommodate 100 passengers." Average fares aren't cheap by any account, running an average of £3,000 one-way ($4,827). That's almost $10,000 for one person to travel round-trip in business classnot even first class, on a route where $500 round-trips on British Airways can be had for a coach seat.
Knowing how airlines just love to be cluelessly optimistic, we've got to go ahead and already brand this an impending failure. It might take more than one year, but we don't doubt further than two. Especially since London City Airport's got the community pounding on their doors in protest of new flights.
· British Airways' all-business class service to NY 'to be profitable within a year' [Telegraph UK]
· Council sued on city flights rise [BBC]
· British Airways Coverage [Jaunted]