Helvetic Airways has officially received its first E190-E2 jet from Embraer. The airline has a contract for a firm order of 12 jets of this model, and purchase rights for a further 12 E190-E2, with conversion rights to the E195-E2, bringing the total potential order up to 24 E-Jets E2s.
Helvetic Airways CEO, Tobias Pogorevc, commented: “After more than 18 intensive months, it’s a sense of accomplishment that we feel most today. With the E190-E2, Helvetic Airways is entering a truly new era. Our state-of-the-art twinjet will make us one of Embraer’s leading European operators. And it gives us just the modern and environmentally friendly aircraft we need to continue our development.”
This E190-E2 aircraft marks the start of Helvetic’s fleet renewal programme. It will configure the E190-E2 in a single class layout with 110 seats and will deploy the aircraft on several domestic and international routes.
Embraer says that pilots of the first-generation E-Jets require only two-and-a-half days of training without the need for a full flight simulator in order to fly the E2, which decreases the training burden and saves both time and money for the airlines.