Widerøe, Scandinavia’s largest regional airline, completed the very first scheduled passenger flight of the new Embraer E190-E2 on April 24. The aircraft, registered LN-WEA and operating as flight WF622, departed Bergen, Norway, at 7.56am and arrived at Tromsø, also in Norway, at 9.39am local time.
The event marks the official entry into service of the first of three new E-Jets E2s developed by Embraer to succeed its first-generation E-Jets. Deliveries of the larger E195-E2 are planned to start next year, and in 2021 for the smaller E175-E2.
Stein Nilsen, Widerøe’s president and CEO, spoke after the flight landed. “Today, we’re celebrating the beginning of a new era for Widerøe. It’s the first jet in our fleet, and we’ll always have the distinction of being the first airline to fly the E2. We see a bright future with our new E2 jets.”
“This is a truly historic day for the E-Jets programme and for Embraer,” said John Slattery, president and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The first revenue flight is the crowning achievement of years of hard work and planning.”
Widerøe will receive two more E190-E2s this year and holds purchase rights for an additional 12. The total value of the order is approximately $873 million if all rights are exercised.