Last week Embraer delivered the first Embraer 170 to British Airways. The aircraft, configured with 76 seats in a singleclass layout, will be operated by BA CityFlyer, British Airways’ wholly owned regional subsidiary, which operates international and domestic routes from London City Airport. The deal was announced in December 2008, and includes firm orders for six EMBRAER 170 and five EMBRAER 190 jets, plus options for another three airplanes of the same model.
The EMBRAER 170 obtained steep approach certification to operate at London City Airport in June 2007. The steep approach uses a software solution developed within the existing fly-by-wire system, which means improved flight quality and control, as well as
reduced pilot workload, less weight, and lower maintenance costs.
On June 30, 2009, Embraer had logged 882 firm orders and 794 options for the E-Jets family. With nearly 600 aircraft delivered to date, the family has a broad base of 53 operators in 35 countries, on five continents.
The EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets – the EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 – with 70 to 122 seats. The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,500 meters), and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km).