British Airways has released a cockpit video showing the spectacular approach into London City Airport , offering a unique perspective on Canary Wharf, the Docklands and east London.
The video has been released to mark the airline’s business-class only service completing 25million miles – the equivalent to 100 trips to the moon or circling the earth 1,000 times.
The footage, filmed from the pilots’ perspective in the flight deck, offers amazing aerial views of the capital’s iconic skyline.
The virtual trip is taken in the company of BA Captain Karen Atherton and Senior First Officer Paul Riglar at the controls of one of the airline’s specially modified A318 aircraft which enable it to perform the challenging steep approach required at London City Airport.
Captain Atherton is one of only 27 BA captains qualified to carry out this challenging landing in the A318. Pilots must pass a rigorous extra training programme, involving simulator testing and route flying, before being accepted into the fleet.
Captain Atherton said: “The views flying into London are breathtaking, and are a constant reminder of what an incredibly beautiful city it really is.
“I have one of the best commutes home in the world, and it’s great to be able to share the experience with our customers with this video.”
The British Airways transatlantic service is the only long-haul flight at London City Airport. Due to the airport’s proximity to Central London, and because of its slightly shorter runway, the A318 aircraft is specially modified to allow it to fly this approach, using spoilers on the wing to produce enough aerodynamic drag to maintain the approach speed.
The airline began flying its twice-daily Club World (business class) only service between London City Airport and New York JFK with two A318 aircraft in 2009, and this month it will have flown 25million miles since its launch.
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