British Airways replaced Concorde with a luxury Airbus A318 plane with all business class seats

Did it live up to its predecessor?
  • The luxury Airbus 318 plane replaced the Concorde for the transatlantic flight
  • It came in a two-plus-two layout and could carry 32 passengers
  • The plane only featured first-class seats

Published on Apr 7, 2024 at 9:27AM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 8, 2024 at 7:34PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Siddharth Dudeja

After the retirement of Concorde, British Airways replaced the supersonic plane with a luxury Airbus A318 plane.

The legendary three-hour trip from London to New York was replaced with a somewhat less exciting alternative.

However, it did come with its perks, as the customers got pampered with first-class luxury treatment.

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The Concorde was retired in November 2003 after many countries banned commercial supersonic planes from flying over them.

The plane also had a lot of economic issues that played a major part in its retirement.

To recapture some of that magic, British Airways offered a luxury Airbus A318 first-class flight with the same BA1 to BA4 flight numbers as the Concorde.

Moreover, Airbus fitted out the aircraft entirely with first-class seats.

Well, nobody is a VIP if everyone is a VIP.

Of course, it still doesn’t hold a candle to the world’s ‘most exclusive’ first-class seat, but it was pretty good.

The luxury Airbus A318 flight didn’t run from Heathrow Airport like the Concorde — instead, it ran from London City Airport.

Where the Concorde took passengers from London to New York in just three hours, the Airbus A318 didn’t quite manage that.

Due to the take-off restrictions at London City Airport, the Airbus A318 was not able to take off with a full tank of fuel.

However, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Passengers were able to go through customs at Shannon Airport, where the plane had to refuel.

Sadly, it still didn’t match the amazing feeling of flying in a Concorde at supersonic speeds.

The aircraft had a two-plus-two layout and could carry 32 passengers at a time.

However, British Airways only ran the luxury Airbus A318 service from 2009 until 2020.

Unfortunately, the service didn’t appeal to a lot of people, as the seats were quite expensive.

We might see a return of a service like Concorde in the not-too-distant future, as Airbus is reportedly working on its own supersonic aircraft.

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