15 JULY 2019
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An Embraer E190 wet-leased from German charter carrier WDL Aviation is joining easyJet’s Gatwick fleet from 1 August in what the UK company says is a move “to cope with summer demand”.
British Airways' wholly-owned subsidiary BA CityFlyer operates the narrow-body twin-engine jet from London City Airport but its arrival is a departure for easyJet, which has an all-Airbus fleet.
In its usual configuration, the E190 offers the passenger benefit of no middle seats in either window or aisle rows, as well as producing what Embraer claims is 15-30% less CO2 emissions than previous generations.
In a statement, easyJet said: “A small number of easyJet flights will be operated by WDL aircraft for a short period of time over the peak summer period as we continue to strengthen our operational resilience to help alleviate the impact of air space congestion for our customers.
“To tackle this industry issue, we have increased the level of spare aircraft in the network, including an Embraer E-190 wet lease by WDL which will be based in London Gatwick over the summer.”
Cologne-based WDL added: “EasyJet’s confidence shows once again that WDL has developed into a renowned partner in the international wet lease business.”
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