British Airways’ regional subsidiary BA Cityflyer is to refit its fleet of 20 Embraer 190 aircraft with new slimline seats.

The aircraft operate mainly out of London City airport, as well as serving selected routes from Edinburgh and Southampton during LCY’s weekend downtime.

BA has confirmed that it will be “reconfiguring its Embraer 190 aircraft as part of our commitment to offer more choice for our customers”, in a move which it says will add “an extra 60,000 seats in the 2024 summer season alone”.

“The aircraft will be fitted with new slimline seats to maximise the space and comfort of our customers while offer competitive fares from London City Airport”, continued the airline.

Business Traveller requested more details on the move, including the number of additional seats being fitted to the aircraft, the manufacturer and features of the seats, and the timescale for the refit, but British Airways was unable to provide further information at this time.

However a thread on the forum shows screen grabs of seat maps taken from which suggest that once refitted the Embraer 190s will offer an additional eight seats across two rows, increasing capacity from 98 to 106 seats.

Business Traveller will report further on the development when more details are available.