18th February 2014 at 18:50 #582643
Anonymous18th February 2014 at 18:50 #582644
A319 – Launches 15th May from LHR
Qatar is the first airline to offer an All Business Service from Heathrow.18th February 2014 at 18:58 #582645
We were one of the first to cover the Qatar Airways story this morning.18th February 2014 at 19:00 #582646
Would LCY not be a better airport for these flights for the city and docklands?18th February 2014 at 19:00 #582647
Sorry I wasn’t aware – please delete thread.18th February 2014 at 19:05 #582648
It could well be Andy but the runway length is too short for the A319-LR.18th February 2014 at 19:08 #582649
What do BA use to JFK, I know they stop in Shannon to refuel?18th February 2014 at 19:17 #582650
andystock – BA uses A318s for LCY-SHN-JFK and JFK-LCY.18th February 2014 at 19:24 #582651
There has been talk that the new CS series from Bombardier could see Middle East flights from London City. Guess we’ll have to wait a bit to see what the range equates to out of LCY’s circa 42000 ft runway.18th February 2014 at 21:12 #582652
One too many “0”s me thinks, otherwise they could pop their new A380 in there!19th February 2014 at 06:06 #582653
Hermes – my mistake, meant inches 🙂
Runway is 1320m or just over 4300 feet in old money.19th February 2014 at 10:22 #582654
I recall that MAXjet had mooted flying their all business class 767’s to Dubai just before they went bump a number of years back.
Rather surprisingly (IMO), Doha is further from London City than NYC so if BA’s A318 needs a Shannon stop, even if QR got hold of a few, non stop, on the eastbound at least would not be possible without a stop.
I believe the new Bombardier is a game changer in this regard and hopefully could see LCY having a few mid to long haul routes launched, Moscow would be the obvious one.
Back to this story though, am I the only one to think this is quite an odd and uncomfortable looking business class seat?19th February 2014 at 10:36 #582655
superchris – Not sure about Maxjet. But Eos was planning to serve Dubai (I don’t think the flights ever started) and Silverjet did actually fly Luton-Dubai for a limited period.
Note that it’s not only the runway length at LCY which limits flight operations.
LCY also has noise limits on take-off. Even if the Bombardier were able to fly LCY-Doha non-stop would it meet the noise restrictions when fully laden ?19th February 2014 at 10:46 #582656
On the All Business Class service front from LHR, Qatar is a very Economy Class biased airline. particularly on the 787. Seems an expensive use of a valuable LHR slot.19th February 2014 at 11:13 #582657
AMcWhirter, yes EOS, sorry.
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