British Airways subsidiary now operates the EMBRAER 170 and the EMBRAER 190 at LCY
São José dos Campos, March 17, 2010 – Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 190 jet to
British Airways, this month, at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
The aircraft will be flown by BA CityFlyer, British Airways’ wholly owned regional
subsidiary, which operates international and domestic routes from London City Airport (LCY).
This is the first of a total of five firm orders it has for the EMBRAER 190, plus options for
another three aircraft, scheduled for delivery throughout 2010.
The EMBRAER 190 is the second model of the E-Jet family to be certified to operate at LCY,
after the EMBRAER 170, in mid-2007. The announcement was made by Embraer last
February, referring to the flexibility brought to European operators. The operation at LCY
requires the aircraft to perform a steep approach landing, in order to reduce noise in the vicinity
of the airport. The steep approach feature is made possible at the E-Jets by a clean and efficient
software solution developed on the existing fly-by-wire system, allowing for better flight
qualities and control, as well as reduced pilot workload and fuel consumption.
“It is gratifying to see both the EMBRAER 170 and the EMBRAER 190 jets now operating at
LCY with British Airways,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline
Market, stressing that “BA CityFlyer has the important mission of defending British Airways’
hallmark high-level of services in light of the demanding financial community that uses LCY,
and we are proud to be part of this effort.”
The range of the EMBRAER 190 out of LCY is over 800 nautical miles (1,500 km). This means
that the aircraft can depart from London and fly nonstop to Berlin (Germany), Madrid (Spain),
Prague (Czech Republic), Rome (Italy), or Warsaw (Poland). Furthermore, when compared to
aircraft with similar capacity currently operating at that airport, the EMBRAER 190 reduces fuel
burn and emissions by 25%, and provides a 50% savings in maintenance costs.
“We are looking forward to the deliveries of the EMBRAER 190 that will complete our fleet
renewal program by May of this year, and joining the fleet of six of EMBRAER 170s already in
service at LCY,” said Peter Simpson, Managing Director of BA CityFlyer. “We are very excited
about this new fleet of fuel-efficient aircraft, which will not only meet our environmental objectives but, also, deliver a product with more space and comfort for our customers.”
BA CityFlyer’s EMBRAER 190 is configured with 98 seats, offering a two-service capability.
It entered service last March 12 on domestic and intra-European networks.
About the EMBRAER 170/190 E-Jets family
The EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122
seats, featuring advanced engineering design, efficient performance, outstanding operating
economics, low emission levels and a spacious cabin.
The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,497
meters), and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). The high degree of
commonality among the four aircraft – EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190
and EMBRAER 195 – results in exceptional savings for carriers, in terms of crew training
and costs of spare parts and maintenance. Another key feature of the E-Jets is the state-ofthe-
art fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety, while reducing pilot
workload and fuel consumption.
The EMBRAER 170/190 family provides superior comfort with its double-bubble fuselage
design, which includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors that minimize
aircraft turn-around time. The E-Jets offer much more space for passengers, in a single or
dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities. For more information
about these jets, visit http://www.EmbraerCommercialJets.com.
The E-Jets have achieved outstanding success, with nearly 900 firm orders logged and over 600
jets in operation, worldwide. This proven family is helping airlines to rightsize low load factor
narrowbody routes, to replace older, inefficient airplanes, and to develop new markets with lower operating costs, greater efficiency, and outstanding passenger comfort. To better understand the benefits of these aircraft, when substituting older jets, visit http://www.eforefficiency.com.