Thursday, September 2, 2021 saw an important debut for London City Airport. At 5:45 pm, an Embraer E190-E2 made its first commercial flight into the iconic airport in the center of the British political and financial capital. Registered as HB-AZG, the Helvetic Airways aircraft flew from Zurich to London in 1 hour 20 minutes, also reestablishing an essential link for the global financial community.
Flight LX 456, operated by Helvetic Airways on behalf of its partner company Swiss International Air Lines, was welcomed by a water salute from London City Airport’s fire service. On board the sold out flight were 110 passengers, including representatives of the international media, business travelers, as well as those visiting friends and family.
With LCY’s runway length of only 1,508 meters and descent angles of up to 5.5 degrees, the Embraer E2 is particularly suitable for operations at the legendary Thames-side airport.
Swiss regional airline Helvetic Airways provides a range of short and medium-haul air services from its hubs at Zurich Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. The carrier deploys its 16 Embraer E Jet aircraft (8 E190-E2, 4 E195-E2 und 4 E190-E1) on scheduled, charter and wet-lease flights. Eight Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E1s and E2s are currently operated on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines under a long-term wet-lease agreement.
VLM Airlines has announced it will introduce an Antwerp to Zurich air service from January 22, 2018. The airline is offering two daily services with a Fokker 50 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The route between Zurich, one of the major financial centers in the world, and Antwerp is a missing link on Europe’s aviation map. Antwerp is Europe’s second largest seaport, the diamond capital of the world and also the second largest petrochemical center in the world. Both Zurich and Antwerp are playing a key role in the European economy.
On June 22, 2016 VLM Airlines declared it was filing for bankruptcy and ceased all operations. The closure came after the People’s Viennaline announced it was canceling its ACMI contract with VLM due to its non-performance.
The carrier originally commenced operations in May 1993 as the “Wings of Flanders”.
British Airways (London) has announced new flights to Greece from London City Airport for the summer of 2015. The British flag carrier announced seasonal services to Mykonos and Thira (Santorini) for operation from June 29 to September 6, 2015. The routes will be operated with Embraer ERJ 190s by BA CityFlyer.
Aer Arann (Dublin) has leased ex-ASA ATR 72-212 EI-SLL (msn 387, ex N641AS) named “Aoife” from Air Contractors in this non-standard green and white livery. Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. EI-SLL prepares to depart from London (City) for the Isle of Man.
British Airways and its partners seem to be dominating the small LCY airport. Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord.
British Airways (London) yesterday (September 29) launched its historic London (City) to New York (JFK) flights via a refueling stop at Shannon. BA is using the historic BA 001 to BA 004 flight numbers previously used by the Concorde.