BA CityFlyer

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BA CityFlyer
BA CityFlyer logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 25 March 2007
AOC # 2314
Operating bases London City Airport
Frequent-flyer program Executive Club
Airport lounge
  • Terraces Lounge
  • Galleries Lounge
Alliance Oneworld (affiliate)
Fleet size 20
Destinations 26
Parent company British Airways
Headquarters Didsbury, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Key people Adam Carson, MD

BA CityFlyer is a wholly owned subsidiary airline of British Airways with its head office in Didsbury, Manchester, England.[2] It operates a network of domestic and European services from its main base at London City Airport. All services operate with BA's full colours, titles, and flight numbers.[3]

BA Cityflyer Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, it is permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.[4]


British Airways' sale of BA Connect to Flybe in 2007 did not include the London City Airport operations and its associated fleet of ten Avro RJ100 regional jet aircraft. This led to British Airways' decision to resurrect erstwhile Gatwick-based CityFlyer Express (which BA had integrated into its Gatwick mainline short-haul operation in 2001 following the acquisition of CityFlyer Express in 1999) as a new wholly owned subsidiary to take over this operation, as of March 2007. BA CityFlyer was awarded an Air Operators Certificate on 8 February 2007, and started operations on 25 March 2007.[5]



BA CityFlyer Embraer E-170

Prior to 2009, BA CityFlyer operated a fleet of Avro RJ85 and Avro RJ100 aircraft. In December 2008 the airline signed a contract with Embraer to modernise the fleet with an order for 11 E-Jet aircraft, comprising 6 Embraer E-170s and 5 Embraer E-190s, deliveries of which commenced in September 2009.[6] On 14 July 2010, BA CityFlyer operated the last revenue sector with an RJ85. As of December 2014, the BA CityFlyer has an all-Embraer fleet that consists of the following aircraft:[7]

BA CityFlyer Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Embraer E-170 6 76
Embraer E-190SR 12 98 2 additional aircraft expected 2016.[8]
Saab 2000 2 50 Operated by Eastern Airways
Total 20


BA Cityflyer carried over 1.7 million passengers during 2014, a 24.7% increase since 2013 and a record total for the airline.[9]

Year Total passengers Total flights Load factor Passenger change YoY
2008 713,670 15,687 43.9%
2009 699,670 14,197 49.0% Decrease002.0%
2010 798,523 14,330 66.0% Increase014.1%
2011 1,125,758 19,099 68.0% Increase041.0%
2012 1,184,810 21,745 65.2% Increase005.2%
2013 1,371,993 23,893 69.3% Increase015.8%
2014 1,710,920 29,326 71.0% Increase024.7%
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority [9]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

The BA CityFlyer Avro RJ100 involved in the February 2009 incident
  • On 13 February 2009, BA CityFlyer Flight 8456, an Avro RJ100, registered G-BXAR, flying from Amsterdam suffered a nose-gear collapse whilst landing at London City Airport. None of the 67  passengers or 5 crew members were seriously injured in the incident, but 2 passengers were sent to hospital, one of whom suffered minor injuries. After a normal approach and touchdown, the nose landing gear fractured due to the presence of a fatigue crack in the upper internal bore of the landing gear main fitting. The crack had formed as a result of poor surface finish during manufacture and the incomplete embodiment of a manufacturer's service bulletin which the landing gear maintenance records showed as being implemented at its last overhaul in June 2006.[10][11] The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair and was written off by insurers in May 2009.[12]


  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Our Locations." (Archive) BA CityFlyer. Retrieved on 5 March 2010.
  3. ^ "UK & Ireland Airlines Guide 2011". Airliner World. March 2011. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Civil Aviation Authority – Operating Licence Holders
  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 27 March 2007. p. 83. 
  6. ^ "British Airways orders 11 Embraer 170/190SRs for CityFlyer". Flightglobal. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "GINFO Search Results Summary". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  8. ^ BA Cityflyer fleet
  9. ^ a b "UK Airline Statistics | Data | Economic Regulation". UK CAA. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2015-04-27. 
  10. ^ Air Accidents Investigation Branch (2009-02-13). "Air Accidents Investigation: Avro 146-RJ100, G-BXAR". Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  11. ^ "London City Airport crash jet 'not properly serviced'". BBC News. 11 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "BA jobs go after plane write-off". BBC News. 25 May 2009. 

External links[edit]

Media related to British Airways at Wikimedia Commons