Posted on: 30 August 2018 by Mark Howells
BA CityFlyer is adding four Embraer E190 aircraft to its fleet based out of London City Airport in the UK, as well as introducing new services.
Parent company British Airways says the quartet will join the existing fleet next year, bringing the total number to 26 aircraft and adding nearly 20% more seats from the airport. The new aircraft, like the others in a two-class layout, will enable the carrier to fly to new destinations, it says. From 11 November this year, a new year-round service will be launched to Rome, Italy from the airport, while a fifth daily service will also be added to the popular Zurich route on week days.
Tom Stoddart, managing director at BA CityFlyer, said: “It is an exciting time for us at London City Airport. The four new aircraft shows our commitment to giving our customers an even bigger range of destinations and flight times.”
Luke Hayhoe, general manager commercial and customer, added: “It is very positive to continue the year-on year-expansion at London City Airport. We added 13% more capacity in 2018 and will add nearly 20% in 2019. The new route to Rome will increase the number of British Airways’ destinations from London City Airport to 33.”
London City Airport’s chief commercial officer, Richard Hill, commented: “BA CityFlyer is London City Airport’s largest airline partner and this investment in four additional E-Jets demonstrates absolute commitment to its base at London’s most central airport, and continued growth as we enter 2019. An enlarged fleet will mean more choice for tourists and business travellers alike, giving customers more flights to the destinations they love, under the British Airways brand. Introducing a Rome service and adding frequency to Zurich, already one of our busiest routes, keeps London connected to major European cities, and is a real endorsement of the London City proposition by our home-based carrier. We look forward to further new route announcements in the near future.”
Written by: Mark Thomas