Rare BA Plane To Stand At Air Tattoo

29 January 2015, 12:44 | Updated: 29 January 2015, 12:47

Royal International Air Tattoo organisers have announced that a transatlantic business passenger plane - one of smallest in the Airbus fleet - will make a rare appearance this year.

The British Airways Airbus A318 will stand at the airshow at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire between July 17th and 19th. 

The passenger jet, which is one of just two in the BA fleet, has an all-business class interior and 32 seats, which can all convert into flat beds. 

The plane flies from London City Airport to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. 

It was first delivered to the airline in September 2009.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said: 

''For many years, British Airways has kindly supported the Air Tattoo, most memorably sending 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 at a British airshow.''

The BA A318 joins Vulcan bomber XH558, a C-130J Hercules from Qatar and a Super Puma from the Swiss Air Force as confirmed participants at this summer’s airshow. 

The Swiss are also sending their PC-7 aerobatic display team.