BA takes delivery of Embraer 190s

3 Jun 2014 by GrahamSmith

British Airways has taken delivery of two new 98-seat Embraer 190 jets.

The aircraft, which will be based at London City Airport, are the last of three to be delivered to BA subsidiary BA CityFlyer this year.

They bring the total regional fleet size to 17 aircraft, a mix of Embraer 190s and Embraer 170s.

BA\\\\\\\\'s delivery team poses in front of one of two newly-delivered Embraer 190s at London City Airport

BA's delivery team poses in front of one of two newly-delivered Embraer 190s at LCY

The Embraer 190s were handed over to British Airways at the Embraer factory in Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil, on Thursday and flown home to the UK, via Recife and Tenerife.

Luke Hayhoe, BA's general manager commercial, said: "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.

"Our customers really like the aircraft, they are quiet and spacious, and we have had some excellent feedback. Although it was a long flight home from Brazil, with two night stops, it was actually an extremely comfortable journey."

In March, BA launched a business class leisure fare available on short-haul Club Europe flights from London Heathrow and London City that incorporate an overnight Saturday stay (see news, March 12).

Graham Smith

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