BA Baby Bus retires to the Netherlands

G-EUNA waits to line up at London City Airport for another departure to New York (Image: TransportMedia UK)
G-EUNA waits to line up at London City Airport for another departure to New York (Image: TransportMedia UK)

British Airways (BA/BAW) last remaining ‘baby bus’, Airbus A318 G-EUNA has been officially retired to its final resting place at Twente Airport in the Netherlands.

November Alpha used to ply her trade across the Altantic between London City and New York together with sister ship November Bravo using the infamous BA1/2 flight codes that used to be operated by Concorde.

This was dropped later to just a one aircraft service with G-EUNB leaving the fleet for Titan Airways in 2017.

The all-business-class service proved popular with passengers who were able to clear US Customs on the fuel stop at Shannon, Ireland.

The route was finally a victim of the Coronavirus pandemic and British Airways when it confirmed last year it was scrapping the service.

G-EUNA has remained in storage until yesterday when it was welcomed by the team of Twente Airport for parting out and scrapping.

G-EUNA arrives at Twente Airport (Image: Twente Airport/Twitter)
G-EUNA arrives at Twente Airport (Image: Twente Airport/Twitter)

Unique to the Airline

British Airways Airbus A318 was a unique aircraft for the route. It had 32 lie-flat business class seats and was the only Airbus in the A3XX family that was capable of operating from London City Airport.

Only two of the specially modified steep-approach certified aircraft ever existed. G-EUNA and G-EUNB.

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