British Airways has converted two options on two Embraer 190 regional jets into firm orders.
The aircraft will be operated by BA CityFlyer, British Airways’ wholly owned regional subsidiary, on routes from London City Airport (LCY).
Delivery of the two Embraer 190s to BA CityFlyer (BACF) is planned for the first quarter of 2011. At that point the carrier will be operating a total of 13 E-Jets, six Embraer 170s and seven Embraer 190s.
“We are particularly proud to see BA CityFlyer continue building its fleet of E-Jets,” says 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 BACF.”
The two additional aircraft will enable British Airways to expand its route network from LCY, including new service to Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN) in Sweden, which has stringent noise restrictions. BA CityFlyer will configure its new Embraer 190s with 98 seats.
“We are delighted to announce the conversion of these two options, which will increase our fleet size by almost 20 per cent at London City Airport,” says Peter Simpson, BA CityFlyer’s managing director. “Customer feedback on 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 Embraer E-Jet family has logged nearly 900 firm orders and there are now more than 650 in operation worldwide. E-Jets have accumulated 4.4 million flight hours and transported more than 200 million passengers.