British Airways evaluates Avro RJ100 replacements

British Airways is evaluating several types as potential replacements for BA CityFlyer‘s fleet of Avro RJ100s. BA CityFlyer operate ten RJ100s on services from London City, and are scheduled to add two former Blue1 RJ85s in late spring. Embraer’s E-Jet family is a prime candidate, as the Embraer 170 was recently certified to operate at London City and the larger 190 should be certified later this year. The E-Jet production line is sold out for several years, however. The airline is also considering turboprops such as the Bombardier Q400, although these could prove problematic on some of the longer routes. The Airbus A318 was also recently certified for London City operations, but has been ruled out as being too heavy for regional operations by BA CityFlyer (although British Airways itself is planning to operate two of the type on direct services from London City to New York). Replacing BA CityFlyer’s current RJ100s with examples built more recently is another option, although the number of such aircraft is small (and includes, ironically, four late-build examples that British Airways sold to Swiss in 2006). A decision is expected within the year.

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