British Airways: Delivery of First Aircraft in New Fleet
British Airways takes delivery of the first aircraft in its new regional fleet today (September 3) at the Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
Peter Simpson, managing director of BA CityFlyer, the wholly owned British Airways subsidiary company which will operate the new aircraft, will officially receive the 76-seat Embraer 170 aircraft on behalf of the airline.
Firm orders have been placed for six Embraer 170 and five Embraer 190SR efficiency jets, known as E-jets, with options for three more in an investment worth US$376 million, based on current list prices.
The first 98-seat Embraer 190SR aircraft will be delivered in March and the whole new fleet will be in operation by Autumn 2010, replacing the current fleet of nine Avro RJ100 and two RJ85 aircraft operated by BA CityFlyer.
The Embraer 170 will enter service on September 28, flying between London City and Edinburgh and Amsterdam.
Subsequent aircraft delivered this year will operate to Frankfurt, Madrid and Zurich.
The new generation fuel efficient aircraft will offer passengers unrivalled levels of space and comfort on board and will fly exclusively from London City Airport, to Scotland and Europe.
The new aircraft are greener and more fuel efficient with significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions.
For the first time all passengers will have the choice of an aisle or window seat with four-abreast seating and generous leg room and overhead storage space.
Peter Simpson said: “Today marks a significant milestone for us as we completely modernise our aircraft fleet, replacing 40-year-old technology with state-of-the-art greener aircraft which deliver a 56 per cent reduction in emissions. The technology also gives us the future option of being able to fly further afield than we are currently able to do.
“There are new levels of comfort for our passengers as well and for the first time they are guaranteed either a window or aisle seat in the spacious cabin.”
- The first Embraer 170 will be flown back to the UK on September 4 by Carl Phelan, BA CityFlyer general manager flight operations and chief training captain Steve Cook.
- The route home from São José dos Campos will be via Recife, Cape Verdi and Tenerife with the aircraft landing in the UK on Saturday night.
- BA CityFlyer will be the first airline to operate Embraer 170 and 190SR jet services from London City Airport
- The Embraer 170s will be powered by General Electric CF34-8C5 engines and the 190SRs will be powered by CF34-10E5 engines
- The Embraer 170 will improve CO2 emissions by up to 56% versus the RJ fleet and the 190SR will improve CO2 emissions by up to 28%
- The E-Jets can fly at a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82 and at 41,000 feet with ranges of up to 4,448 km
- The high degree of commonality between the two aircraft is more economical in terms of crew training, spare parts and maintenance costs
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Hi, we haven't received any info which suggest any problems.If/when we receive any info we will communicate,watch this space.
Visibility has improved and flights will be returning to normal but due to earlier weather conditions some flight may experience disruptions
us and Heathrow. We hope it clears soon and will communicate on improvements when we receive any latest information.
airlines have certain regulations in which they can operate in too which becomes technical,but today fog has affected both..
Unfortunately in poor conditions like today, our steep approach and small runway become difficult for pilots to land..
We hope it clears soon too. We do apologise for the inconvenience, any latest info we receive we will be sure to post right here.
We are still experiencing low visibility this afternoon. Passengers are advised to call their airlines before travelling to the airport.
we do advise that you check with your airline as they will have more information to supply in regards to your flight status.
Hi Tom, at present conditions are still very poor outside. Any latest info we receive we will communicate right here.
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Morning Craig, unfortunately weather conditions here are still poor. We will update you on any latest info we receive asap.
Visibility is still poor at LCY this morning. Passengers are advised to call their airlines for more info regarding their flight status.
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Morning, we are experiencing flight disruptions due to poor weather conditions, you should call your airline for more information.
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