Posted on: 19 October 2010 by Mark Howells
BACityFlyer is taking up options for two new Embraer 190s and is launching a new double daily service to Stockholm from London City Airport.
A wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways, BA CityFlyer originally placed firm orders for six Embraer 170 and five Embraer 190SRs, with options on three further 98-seat Embraer 190s. The airline is now converting two of these options for delivery in Spring 2011.
Peter Simpson, BA CityFlyer managing director, explained, “We are delighted to announce the conversion of these two options, which will increase our fleet size by almost 20% at London City Airport. Customer feedback to the new fleet has been fantastic, particularly with the additional space and two-by-two seating. The successful fleet introduction and customer reaction to the E-Jets has given us the confidence to expand so soon after the initial order.”
The two additional aircraft will enable British Airways to expand its route network from the Docklands airport with a new service to Stockholm Arlanda from 9 January 2011. Discussions are ongoing with various airports for opportunities for the second aircraft.
Luke Hayhoe, BA CityFlyer commercial manager, added, “We were always hopeful of taking up options for the larger Embraer 190s and are delighted to confirm this. This does of course present opportunities for us to further expand our London City schedule. The success of our recently launched Copenhagen service and customer requests made the decision on Stockholm an exciting choice. We will announce further new services in the coming months. ”
“We are particularly proud to see BA CityFlyer continue building its fleet of E-Jets,” said Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer’s executive vice-president, airline market. “The versatility and wide range of benefits that the E-Jets platform can offer are clearly being put to good use out of London City Airport by BA CityFlyer.”