British Airways Launches New Routes As Travel Set To Resume

British Airways has launched a host of new routes ahead of non-essential travel from England reopening on Monday.…

British Airways Launches New Routes As Travel Set To Resume

British Airways has launched a host of new routes ahead of non-essential travel from England reopening on Monday. It seems that the airline isn’t afraid of a lack of demand for so-called ‘amber’ destinations, as these make up the backbone of the 93,000 new seats revealed today.

British Airways is increasing capacity to holiday destinations this summer. Photo: Getty Images

UK airlines are keen to make the most of whatever travel they can following an abysmal start to the year. Last week British Airways operated just 17% of its pre-pandemic flights, as travelers from the UK are currently banned from all but essential travel. From Monday, the airline will be keen to serve the massive increase in demand anticipated.

Not afraid of amber

It seems that British Airways is not afraid of a lack of demand to amber destinations. From today, the airline will begin to sell tickets for 13 destinations, including ten in Greek holiday hotspots and two in the Canary Islands.

Most of the destinations are currently listed as amber. Map: (click to enlarge)

These flights will begin operating from June 21st in response to the solid demand for relaunching flights to holiday destinations. Most of these areas are currently labeled as amber. As opposed to new routes, these are routes with greater capacity than previously. Until the UK revisits the traffic light list, it won’t be possible to say it will become green. June 7th is when the list is set to be updated, according to travel analyst Paul Charles.

DestinationFrequency per week (Pre-2021)Frequency per week (2021)Frequency Increase
Lanzarote (ACE)56+1
Bodrum (BJV)13+2
Corfu (CFU)1417+3
Chania (CHQ)69+3
Kefalonia (EFL)35+2
Heraklion (HER)910+1
Kos (KGS)46+2
Kalamata (KLX)35+2
Paphos (PFO)78+1
Preveza (PVK)46+2
Rhodes (RHO)57+2
Thessaloniki (SKG)912+3
Tenerife (TFS)1315+2

Commenting, Neil Chernoff, British Airways’ Director of Networks and Alliances, said,

“It’s clear Britons are hoping that their favourite destinations will be open by the time summer comes. We want to provide them with access to book seats to the places they love to help them get away, and trust that if they can’t travel, we will be there for them with incredible flexibility to make changes to their bookings.”

A red-list addition?

Interestingly, also on the list of new routes was a destination that will be on the UK government’s red list from 04:00 tomorrow. This destination is Bodrum in Turkey. The red list means that passengers won’t be able to fly directly from Turkey to the UK, meaning that British Airways must have some level of confidence that Turkey will come off of the red list again within the next two months.

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Turkey will join the UK Government’s red list tomorrow morning. Photo: Getty Images

A missing green-list country

Another interesting point is the lack of one of four green-list countries where international travel will be viable from Monday. While the airline has a healthy flight schedule to Tel Aviv, Gibraltar, and Portugal, Iceland is noticeably absent from the list. Flights to Keflavik are not scheduled to resume until June 22nd, meaning British Airways could miss out on a chunk of travel demand.

Simple Flying has contacted British Airways regarding the lack of flights to Iceland. This article will be updated accordingly.

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More Cityflyer routes

For those not ready to fly outside the British Isles, British Airways’ subsidiary Cityflyer is also adding two new domestic routes to Guernsey. On Mondays and Fridays, the airline’s Embraer E190s will fly out of City, heading to Guernsey, before flying to Edinburgh. The aircraft will then fly back to Guernsey before returning to London City. The schedule differs depending on the day of travel, with flights operating between June 25th and September 27th. As an example, the Monday itinerary is,

  • BA3281 – London City (LCY) 11:30 – Guernsey (GCI) 12:35
  • BA2342 – Guernsey (GCI) 13:15 – Edinburgh (EDI) 14:50
  • BA2343 – Edinburgh (EDI) 15:40 – Guernsey (GCI) 17:15
  • BA3282 – Guernsey (GCI) 17:55 – London City (LCY) 19:00

On Fridays, the first flight will depart London City at 08:30, with the jet arriving back at its base at 16:00.

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Why Each Model Of The Embraer E2 Series Has Its Own Wing Design

When Embraer redesigned the E-Jet family, it wanted to create the very best regional jet it could possibly…

Why Each Model Of The Embraer E2 Series Has Its Own Wing Design

When Embraer redesigned the E-Jet family, it wanted to create the very best regional jet it could possibly engineer. No stone was left unturned in its mission to make the E2s quieter and more efficient than any competitor. One key element to achieving that goal was a redesign of the wing, and a bespoke wing for every member of the E2 family.

The E2 family has had many improvements, including an all-new wing. Photo: Getty Images

A new wing

A whole lot changed in the process of evolving the popular E-Jets into the new E2 line of aircraft. With a focus on fuel efficiency and noise reduction, Embraer redesigned everything from the tail to the body and, of course, the wings.

Speaking exclusively to Simple Flying, Luis Carlos Affonso, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Technology and Corporate Strategy at Embraer, told us how crucial these new wings are to the success of the E2. He said,

“The E2 has a new wing with the biggest aspect ratio in the industry. It has the longest wings for this size of airplane. This means it is the most efficient wing; the one that that will produce the lowest drag, and drag is inefficiency and noise.”

Embraer E195-E2
The E2 has one of the biggest wing aspect ratios in the industry. Photo: Getty Images

For an Embraer fan, the new wing is relatively easy to spot. The enclosed slats and flaps help drive down inefficiency and noise, and the wingspan is visibly larger – 115 ft 2 in (35.124 m) on the E195-E2 compared to 94 ft 3in (28.72 m) on the E195. What’s not so easy to notice is that every member of the E2 family has its very own, bespoke wing.

A different wing for every aircraft

For most aircraft families, wings are standard across the aircraft type. The Airbus A320neo family, for example, uses the same wing across all aircraft types – the A319neo, the A320neo and the A321neo all have a wingspan of 117 ft 5 in (35.8 m). That’s the same wing used on the A320ceo too, with only the ‘Baby Bus’ A318 having a different, slightly smaller wingspan.

But for Embraer, it was important to design the most efficient wing for each member of the E2 family, and that meant a bespoke wing design for each different aircraft. Affonso explained,

“In the E2 family, we have three different wings. We have these bespoke wings for each size of aircraft. They are specifically designed for the aircraft and its weight, so it is the best weight you can get and the best fuel consumption you can get for that type.

“We had to invest more in the airplane, of course. We had to put in more engineering hours,  do more wind tunnel tests and more flight tests, so there were more recurring costs for us. But we have very efficient, integrated product development teams and processes at Embraer, so we decided to do that.”

Embraer E2 family
Each member of the family has its own, bespoke-designed wing. Photo: Embraer

The Goldilocks zone

The reason Embraer decided to incur all these costs and extra hassles was because it wanted to create the very best product it could. Affonso explained the hazard that comes with not having the very best wing for the aircraft it is flying with, saying,

“If you go for one wing [across an aircraft family], you typically end up with an intermediate wing. It will be a bit too small for one airplane and a bit too big for another. We didn’t want to compromise. We went for the optimum wing. This means we don’t have more weight than is needed, and that makes our aircraft more efficient.”

By creating the perfect wing for each aircraft, Embraer has made every plane as efficient as it can possibly be. Photo: Embraer

This ‘Goldilocks zone’ mentality filters through to other elements of the E2 design. While the Embraer jets often take shade from the Airbus A220, due to the A220s superior range, Affonso said that the choice of not making the aircraft too rangy was a deliberate one.

“We don’t have more range than is needed. These airplanes are not used for 3,000 plus nautical mile flights. If you try to get too much range, then you need a big engine, big wings. And then you pay the cost in weight and efficiency. So we’ve really tried to optimize for the market we want to serve.”

The E2 was designed for regional routes, not for medium-haul operations. While the A220 has found a niche in some longer, thinner routes, that’s not the market that the Embraer jets were designed to cater for. The end result is an aircraft that delivers better than expected efficiency, super quiet flight and a cost-effective solution for regional airline operators.

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