Paris, France, March 28, 2012 – Embraer and British Airways today signed a contract for the sale of one more EMBRAER 190 (E190) jet. The aircraft will be operated by London City Airport (LCY)-based BA CityFlyer, British Airways’ wholly owned regional subsidiary. When delivered during the third quarter of 2012, it will bolster the airline’s total fleet size to 14 E-Jets.
“BA CityFlyer’s follow-on order is a clear endorsement of the airline’s confidence in the E-Jets’ adaptability to its expanding London City Airport network,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer President, Commercial Aviation. “BA CityFlyer can fully capitalize on the versatility and comfort that the E190 and E170 offer.”
This additional aircraft, configured with 98 seats in a spacious 33 inches (84 cm) pitch single-class layout, will enable BA CityFlyer to expand its route network from the demanding London City Airport, where it is now the largest operator with the highest number of routes and customers.
“We are very excited about the arrival of our 14th E-Jet which will add frequency to existing business destinations and will enable us to open up new flying possibilities to popular leisure destinations,” said Peter Simpson, BA CityFlyer Managing Director. “The EMBRAER 190 is a terrifically fuel-efficient aircraft. It meets our environmental objectives and also delivers more space so we can offer a generous 23kg luggage allowance to each customer.”
About BA CityFlyer
Launched on March 5, 2007, BA CityFlyer is a wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways. Based at London City Airport, the UK’s leading business airport, the airline operates a network of UK domestic and European services embracing 20 destinations. BA CityFlyer currently operates a dedicated E-Jets fleet totalling 13 aircraft: six 76-seat E170s and seven 98-seat E190s. The airline recently launched new routes to Southern Europe and to the Balearic Islands. As well as the introduction of these new leisure destinations, BA CityFlyer has also increased frequencies on a number of its most popular routes, including Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Glasgow and Edinburgh (U.K.).