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Helvetic Airways Continues Fleet Renewal With Delivery of Third Embraer E190-E2

Swiss regional carrier Helvetic Airways celebrated the delivery of their third Embraer E190-E2 on Monday, as they upgrade their E190 fleet to the latest-generation E2 aircraft. Helvetic also welcomed the E195-E2 on tour at Zurich Airport on Wednesday.

Helvetic Embraer E190-E2 - Courtesy Helvetic Airways

Swiss regional airline Helvetic Airways announced on Tuesday that they have taken delivery of their third latest-generation Embraer E190-E2 at Zurich Airport on Monday night. Helvetic’s latest E190-E2 (HB-AZC) arrived in Zurich at 10:28PM local time after a transatlantic flight of just over 11 hours. The aircraft made intermediate stops in Recife (Brazil) and Las Palmas (Spain) enroute to Zurich. During the first two months of operation, Helvetic’s first two Embraer E190-E2s have delivered on the manufacturer’s projected fuel-burn savings of around 20 percent, compared to previous generation aircraft. The new aircraft entered revenue service on Wednesday February 26th on behalf of SWISS.

In a separate announcement on Wednesday, Helvetic Airways welcomed the Embraer E195-E2 “TechLion” at Zurich Airport as the manufacturer is touring their largest state-of the art aircraft. The E195-E2 can accommodate 144 passengers up to 4,800 kilometers. In Wednesday’s announcement, Embraer Commercial Aviation’s Vice President – Europe, Central Asia & Russia, Martyn Holmes said,

“The E195-E2 is a game changer in this market; so it’s no surprise that Helvetic, a leader in innovation and the early adoption of the latest technologies, is considering adding the aircraft to their existing Embraer fleet. This aircraft delivers the sustainability, comfort, and reliability passengers demand, while also delivering the best operating costs for airlines. The numbers speak for themselves – fuel consumption is 25.4% less fuel per seat compared to the current generation. The E195-E2 is also the most environmentally friendly aircraft in its class, having the lowest levels of noise and emissions.”

Currently, Helvetic Airways has 12 Embraer E190-E2s on order with options for a dozen more, a deal valued at US $1.5B at list prices. Helvetic Airways is considering the conversion of some of these aircraft to the larger E195-E2 model. Commenting on the E195-E2 “TechLion” on Wednesday, Helvetic Airways’ CEO, Tobias Pogorevc added,

“With this meaningful mix of seat capacity, range, fuel consumption and ecofriendly credentials, the Embraer E195-E2 is virtually unchallenged in the 120-150 seat medium-haul segment. And by operating a fleet with cockpit commonality and differing seat capacities, we could further enhance our company’s operational flexibility.”

Helvetic Airways now has eleven Embraer-E190 E1s and three Embraer E190-E2s, with four more E190-E2 deliveries expected by this summer. With the delivery of the new aircraft, Helvetic will withdraw three of their first-generation E190-E1s, as they move toward their goal of becoming Europe’s most advanced and ecofriendly airline by 2021.

Source: Helvetic Airways


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