BA's all-business class City flights set for take off

TROUBLED British Airways (BA) said yesterday it would go ahead with its all-business class London City to New York service, despite having reported record losses earlier this year.<br /><br />The service, which will begin on 29 September, sees each Airbus A318 plane take just 32 passengers over the Atlantic. The plane will stop in Ireland for refuelling en route.<br /><br />BA will charge up to &pound;5,000 return for the twice daily service from London City to JFK. <br /><br />Last month, BA reported an annual loss of &pound;401m. Chief executive Willie Walsh has said the airline is &ldquo;fighting for survival,&rdquo; and he has asked staff to work for free for up to a month as it struggles during the downturn.<br /><br />&ldquo;In the harshest trading environment airlines have experienced, we believe it is more important than ever to embrace the future and innovate,&rdquo; Walsh said yesterday. &ldquo;This is BA at its best &mdash; stylish, British and ahead of the game,&rdquo; he added.<br /><br />Tickets for the flights go on sale from today. Airlines have seen a massive drop in premium traffic in the recession.