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British Airways Airbus A318 Flying In To Fairford

Published: 29 Jan 2015   updated: 10 Feb 2015

Britain's national airline will make a rare airshow contribution at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2015. The A318 twin-jet airbus is due to fly in to Fairford for the airshow. One of the rarest aircraft in its fleet. According to current plans, the airliner will arrive at RIAT on Friday and  will form part of the static display.

The A318 is unique among aircraft types in the British Airways fleet in operating with an all-business class interior configuration. As such, it serves a route aimed at the business community between London City Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. On board are only 32 seats, each convertible into a fully flat bed, while the aircraft also boasts full mobile data connectivity.

British Airways flies just two A318s, this being the smallest member of the hugely successful Airbus A320 family of aircraft. In order to be certified for operations at London City, the A318 was subject to a stringent steep approach test programme, the airport requiring specific operational procedures. This the Airbus passed with flying colours, the first example being delivered to British Airways in September 2009.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said: "For many years, British Airways has kindly supported the Air Tattoo - often behind the scenes, but sometimes with aircraft - most memorably Concorde and more recently the giant A380. I am very pleased that our national airline is able to spare an A318 for a rare appearance over our RIAT show weekend."

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