British Airways is soon to offer a mobile phone service to business class customers on a certain flight route.

Passengers on the London City Airport to New York's JFK airport route will be able to "enjoy" in-flight mobile phone coverage come the autumn.

The service will allow BA customers to send and receive text messages and emails as well as access the Internet.

"The service is aimed at people in the Square Mile", a spokesman for BA told The Telegraph.

"We believe the route and the new technology will offer an appealing package to business travellers".

Voice calls will not be offered at launch, but could be rolled out if there is demand, says BA.