British Airways (BA) will launch new flights to New York JFK from London City Airport in September, it has been confirmed.
The twice-daily route, which comes into effect on September 29th, will be the first ever long-haul flight from the Docklands airport.
Flights will operate under the number BA001, which was previously used by Concorde until it was taken out of service in 2003.
BA chief executive Willie Walsh said that it was "more important than ever to embrace the future and innovate" due to the difficult conditions in the airline market.
"Every aspect of this service has been designed to maximise convenience for customers to fly between the world’s two biggest business centres – Wall Street and London’s extended financial district in the City and Docklands," he explained.
Mr Walsh added that there was "real enthusiasm" among the airline’s customers for the new route.
The flight will be operated using an Airbus 318, which contains just 32 seats.
BA will launch additional flights to Bermuda, Barbados, St Lucia and Port of Spain from Gatwick as part of its 2009 winter schedule.