Posted on: 03 June 2014
British Airways has taken delivery of two brand new 98-seat Embraer 190s which will be based at London City Airport for operation by the carrier’s subsidiary BA CityFlyer.
The BA CityFlyer fleet now totals 17 aircraft, a mix of Embraer 190s and Embraer 170s. It is one of the youngest and greenest aircraft fleets, operating daily to 25 destinations in the UK and Europe direct from the Docklands airport.
The latest two new aircraft were handed over to British Airways at the Embraer factory in Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil, and flown to the UK via Recife and Tenerife by Captain Carl Phelan, BA CityFlyer general manager flight operations and Captain Stephen Cook, head of flight training.
Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial, commented, “These new aircraft really do strengthen our position as the largest airline at London City Airport, allowing us to add new routes and extra frequencies to business destinations such as Amsterdam and Edinburgh, as well as more flights to popular leisure destinations including Palma, Ibiza and Faro.”
The expansion of the British Airways London City network includes two new routes this summer, a five-a-day service to Rotterdam and a four-a-week service to Florence, extra frequency to Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Zurich and the introduction of a jet on the Dusseldorf route, replacing the current Saab turboprop.