London - International Airlines Group will soon place an order for at least 26 Airbus A220 or Embraer E190-E2 to renew the BA CityFlyer's aging Embraer fleet.
British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer currently operates 23 Embraer jets (six E170, 19 E190). Two Embraer E190 are wet-leased from Irish regional airline Stobart Air.
The previous generation Embraer E-Jets of the BA CityFlyer are less than ten years old, but IAG plans to reduce the fuel costs of the airline by ordering the Airbus A220s or Embraer's new generation E190-E2 jets.
The E190-E2 consumes 17% less kerosene than the previous generation E190 thanks to its new engines and aerodynamic improvements.
If IAG chooses the E190-E2, the airline will also save from the flight crew training costs since the E190-E2 is based on the E190-E1.
On the other hand, the Airbus A220 is slightly larger than the Embraer E190-E2 and offers more flight range.