Last updated: 12:48 PM ET, Sat August 13 2016

WATCH: Cockpit Video of British Airways and The Tricky Approach to London City Airport

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | August 13, 2016

WATCH: Cockpit Video of British Airways and The Tricky Approach to London City Airport

PHOTO: Captain Karen Atherton guides a British Airways plane into a tricky landing. (Photo courtesy of British Airways)

British Airways has released a cockpit video showing the steep approach into London City Airport to celebrate the airline’s bespoke business-class only service completing 25 million miles – the equivalent to 100 trips to the moon or circling the earth 1,000 times.

The footage, filmed from the pilot’s perspective in the flight deck, now gives everyone the chance to see the amazing aerial views of London’s iconic skyline and see – and hear – Captain Karen Atherton describe the difficult landing.

The video shows 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 special steep approach required at London City Airport, one of the most challenging landings of any of the carrier’s 190 plus worldwide destinations.

Atherton is one of only 27 British Airways Captains qualified to carry out this challenging landing. Only very experienced Airbus pilots at the airline can apply to fly on the route, and all must pass a rigorous extra training program, involving simulator testing and route flying, before being accepted into the fleet.

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