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British Airways stretches its Embraers

CityFlyer, the BA subsidiary operating out of London City Airport (LCY), has started to put into service the first of its Embraer 190 series aircraft with 106 seats, rather than the previous 98 seats, limited by pilot politics and cabin staff requirements.

Clearly the airline has decided that rather than upgrading to larger Airbus/Embraer aircraft available it was more expedient for the next few years to continue ‘as is’.  With any future expansion of the airport’s operating hours still under scrutiny the quieter and the more fuel-efficient aircraft will have to wait for probably at least five years.

As things stand KLM uses the 190 at LCY for Amsterdam but now has the 195-E2 available, larger and quieter and used on other routes. It operates up to nine services daily v British Airways four.

It seems a long way off but Gatwick ski fans will be pleased to learn that for the ski season CityFlyer will offer a Chambéry service from 14 December until 19 April.  It is perfect for those who want a week on the slopes.



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Tim Procter, United Kingdom

Good news about Chambery but BEWARE of delays - if the weather is out on a Saturday morning your Sunday flight wont get there till Monday!

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