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British Airways scraps its Embraer E170 fleet

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It looks like the Boeing 747 and Airbus A318 won’t be the last fleet casualties at British Airways.

According to Simple Flying, BA CityFlyer has decided to get rid of its six Embraer E170 aircraft.

BA CityFlyer is the British Airways subsidiary which operates flights from London City Airport.

British Airways scraps Embraer E170 fleet

The length of the runway at London City, and the need for departing aircraft to gain height quickly enough to avoid Canary Wharf, means that the smaller Embraer aircraft have been the preferred choice there. In the last few years, BA CityFlyer has been investing in the larger E190 version.

It isn’t the end of the line for the six aircraft in the E170 fleet. They are being sold to Envoy Air in the US, which operates as an American Airlines feeder under the ‘American Eagle’ brand.

The sale will not have a major impact on BA CityFlyer. It now has a fleet of 22 x E190 aircraft, the majority of which are currently parked at Norwich Airport. The loss of the six smaller E170 planes will not lead to noticeable cuts to services once flying resumes in earnest.

Envoy expects to take delivery from May, with the planes back in service – after having the seat count reduced – from July.


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Comments (44)

  • Miles. On point says:

    Good news re: Embraer 190 replacing 170s, both in terms of additional legroom but also because there is an exit row on the 190 (but not on 170)

    Would love to see BA buy some Airbus A220 (Bombardier CS100) aircraft to operate out of London City airport. Swiss already using them and it looks like a solid onboard experience, especially for longer/mid-haul flights, eg: Greece

  • Allycat says:

    Just received an email from aerclub offering a 50% bonus on Avios purchases until Sunday 14 March. Can buy up to 200,000 with a bonus of up to 100,000. Don’t know if it is targeted or widely available. Did get a similar one a few months ago but did not take it up then, nor will I now as I have enough for the moment.

    • Allycat says:

      Sorry, should have checked the chat thread, someone has already noted it there.

  • IslandDweller says:

    Rhys. It’s more nuanced than that. The -100 version of the A220 is approved for LCY. The -300 version is not. Despite the assertion in that article, Airbus have denied that they intend to do the work to certify the -300 version.

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