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-of-the-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 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 eforefficiency.com/.
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On December 31, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com) had a workforce of 16,853 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.6 billion.
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