The first BA CityFlyer left Embraer's Sao Jose dos Campos facility today on its way to the U.K. and is now likely having to return following a bird strike.
The Embraer 170 took some damage and initial reports indicate the pilots aborted the ferry flight because they could not ensure the aircraft could be pressurized. The repairs likely include a radome replacement.
An Embraer official says the fix should be relatively easy and quick to make.
CityFlyer had 10 days margin in its schedule to prepare the aircraft before commercial service is due to commence on September 28, so there's little reason to believe that date will not be met. The initial destination is Edinburgh.
CityFlyer, the first operator of E-Jets at London City, is buying five 170s and six 190s, with options for three more and purchase rights for 15.