BA CityFlyer to replace Avro RJs with E-Jets

British Airways has selected Embraer’s E-Jet family as a replacement for BA CityFlyer‘s fleet of ten Avro RJ100s and two RJ85s. The airline has placed an order for six 76-seat Embraer 170s and five 98-seat Embraer 190SRs, with three more of the latter on option. Deliveries are expected to begin in the second semester of 2009, replacing the RJs one for one as their leases expire. The last RJ100 is expected to leave the fleet at the end of 2009. The Embraer 170 was certified to operate at London City in June 2007, though no airline has yet used it there. The larger 190SR should be certified by the end of 2009. The 190SR is a new variant of the 190, developed specifically for British Airways, that will have a higher maximum take off weight so as to be able to operate on the longer routes from London City without restrictions. The 4-abreast E-Jets will offer considerably more comfort than the cramped six-abreast seating that BA CityFlyer has fitted to its Avro RJs. However, their smaller capacity will mean a significant reduction in total seats available compared to the 87-seat RJ85s and 110-seat RJ100s.

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