Embraer announced on Wednesday the 1600th E-Jet delivery to Swiss regional carrier Helvetic Airways. Since the first generation E-Jets entered service in 2004, the company has delivered the aircraft to airlines and leasing companies in over 50 countries.
Embraer announced a major milestone today with the delivery of their 1,600th E-Jet, an E190-E2 to Swiss regional carrier Helvetic Airways. Since the first generation E-Jet entered service in 2004, Embraer has delivered aircraft to airlines and lessors in over 50 countries. The second generation E-Jets, E2s, are highly fuel-efficient and first entered commercial service in 2018. Currently, Helvetic Airways is upgrading their fleet from first generation E-Jets to E2s and the carrier received their first of 12 E190-E2s on order in October 2019. Helvetic Airways has since received a total of four E2s, which the carrier flies in a 110-seat single class configuration. In addition to the 12 firm E2s on order, Helvetic has options for an additional 12, as well as conversion rights to the E195-E2, bringing their total potential E2 order to 24 jets. In Monday’s announcement, Embraer Commercial Aviation’s recently appointed President and CEO, Arjan Meijer said,
“It’s an honor in my new role as President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation to deliver this landmark aircraft. It’s a tremendous milestone in the E-Jets program and in the company’s history. Over the years I have been personally very close to Helvetic and their E-Jets fleet planning project. Everyone at Embraer is extremely proud to see such a renowned airline flying our 1,600th production E-Jet.”
Also commenting on Wednesday’s delivery, Helvetic Airways’ CEO, Tobias Pogorevc added,
“We are especially proud to receive an E2 aircraft in these challenging times for our industry. And it’s a genuine privilege to share this special moment with Embraer. We’ve received very positive feedback on the E190-E2, from our passengers and our crews, since we introduced it into our fleet. We couldn’t be happier with the aircraft’s performance. The fuel burn is even lower than expected, which makes the airplane even more environmentally friendly. And we’re looking forward to resuming operations soon – with our milestone E190-E2 as well.”
Embraer is the leading manufacturer of aircraft with 70-150 seats and has more than 100 customers worldwide. The company has logged over 1,900 orders for their E-Jets and has delivered 1,600 to 80 customers in 50 countries. Since the company’s founding in 1969, Embraer has delivered over 8,000 aircraft. Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic, an Embraer aircraft took off on average every ten seconds, carrying over 145 million passengers annually. When compared to the first generation E190, the E190-E2 consumes 17.3 percent less fuel, making it the most efficient single-aisle aircraft family on the market.