BA to expand LCY operations

British Airways’ Cityflyer subsidiary is set to increase the size of its fleet of Embraer jets, paving the way for further network expansion out of London City Airport.

From spring next year, two more “next generation” Embraer 190s will be joining Cityflyer’s fleet based at LCY. The original order included six 170s and five 190SR jets, with an option for three more 190s and it is two of these that BA has now chosen to convert.

The move allows BA to continue to expand its route network out of LCY, with a service to Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport confirmed for the New Year. One of the new aircraft will serve the twice daily service, due to commence on January 9.

BA said it was “currently in discussions with various airports for opportunities with the second aircraft.”

Luke Hayhoe, Cityflyer’s commercial manager, said: “We were always hopeful of taking up options for the larger Embraer 190s and are delighted to confirm this. This does of course present opportunities for us to further expand our London City schedule.

“We will announce further new services in the coming months.”

Hayhoe said the success of its Copenhagen service (see online news July 28), as well as customer requests, had made Stockholm an “exciting choice”.

Cityflyer has announced a spate of new destinations following the delivery of its next generation jets, such as Copenhagen and more recently the winter ski destination of Chambery (see online news August 17).

Cityflyer replaced the last of its aging Avro RJ fleet in July this year, and now solely operates Embraer 170s and 190s. For details of the new aircraft, click here.

For more information visit ba.com.

Report by Andrew Gough


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