British Airways is considering expansion of its all-business London City flights to other destinations in the eastern USA, following the opening of New York services last September.
Chief executive Willie Walsh says the airline had received plenty of feedback suggesting other destinations - among them Washington and Boston - and says that BA is looking at their potential.
But Walsh stresses that the all-business Airbus A318 service is only a few months old and, although it achieved a load factor of 75% in December, he is keen to ensure the operation is stable before embarking on expansion.
British Airways A318 takes off from London City Airport
BA had looked at operating a London City-Dubai service, he adds, but the runway length in London restricts the available range. While the City runway restriction forces a westbound stop of the BA A318 in Shannon, Walsh says that the ability to clear US immigration controls at Shannon enables the layover time to be put to use.
But this stop could not be justified in many other potential markets from City, he says, and even the New York interruption is not ideal: "We'd fly non-stop to JFK if we could."