20 JANUARY 2020
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Significant growth in demand for jets of 70-100 seats has persuaded Eastern Airways, which operates flights from Southampton Airport, to re-enter the E-Jet market with the initial return of the Embraer E170 to its fleet.
General manager commercial and operations Roger Hage said: “The return of the E-Jets gives us an entry into new ad-hoc charter and ACMI markets, alongside an option to evolve our scheduled-service network.”
The E170-100 LR has a range of more than 1,800mi and a maximum cruise speed of 553mph, bringing routes such as Norwich – Aberdeen within a 1hr flight time and most European destinations including the Mediterranean to a little over 2hr.
Eastern says it also plans to add three larger Embraer E190s during the year. Already common with UK and European airlines, the aircraft offers opportunities for larger-capacity scheduled and charter operations.
Both aircraft have the capability for steep approaches to restricted airports, good short-field performance and long-range operations, making them one of the most flexible aircraft in the up-to-100-seat market.
Yorkshire and Humber-based Eastern was formed in 1997 and operates scheduled flights including between Southampton and Leeds Bradford as well as specialising in charter services for the energy industry and corporate and sports contracts.
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