16 APRIL 2018
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An aviation first was celebrated at Aberdeen International Airport last week as Norwegian carrier Widerøe unveiled its new aircraft. The airline is the first in aviation history to use the Embraer E190-E2 on commercial flights.
The second-generation jet took its first flight carrying passengers from Aberdeen with 78 selected VIP passengers, including Widerøe CEO Stein Nilsen and Embraer Commercial Aviation CEO John Slattery, on to further celebrations in Bergen.
Before departure, passengers attended a reception in Aberdeen’s Northern Lights executive lounge with local whiskies and cuisine. Airport terminal safety officer and local piper Karen Bain piped them aboard to send them off in true Scottish style.
Airport managing director Carol Benzie said: “We were honoured that Widerøe chose to host this historic event at Aberdeen and that we were able to share this exciting day with the airline and Embraer.”
The Widerøe E190-E2 seats 114 passengers in a single-class layout with Z2 seats from Zodiac Aerospace with a 29in pitch. The jet, hailed as the next generation of environmentally-friendly aircraft, will make its first public scheduled flight on 24 April from Bergen to Tromsø.
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