20 FEBRUARY 2017
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The launch operator for the new E190-E2 jet, the first member of generation two of the E-Jets family of commercial aircraft, has been named as Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia.
The Norwegian company will become the first airline to receive the aircraft, with the lead delivery scheduled for the first half of next year. Widerøe has a contract with Embraer for up to 15 E2s, including three firm orders for the E190-E2 and purchase rights for 12 others.
The airline says it plans to operate the E2 in a “comfortable” single class layout with 114 seats. CEO Stein Nilsen said: “We are proud we will be the first to operate the E190-E2. It will be a big leap in our history.”
With the Widerøe deal, the E-Jets E2 backlog has 275 firm orders plus Letters of Intent, options and purchase rights covering another 415 aircraft. This gives a total of 690 commitments from airlines and leasing companies.
Embraer Commercial Aviation president and CEO John Slattery said: “The E2 programme remains on target with technical specification guidance, on time and on budget. Our team remains focused on a successful delivery to Widerøe in the first half of next year.”
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