30 MARCH 2020
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In non-Corona news Oxford Airport was delighted to welcome the Embraer ERJ-195 E2 ‘Profit Hunter’ Demonstrator last week, probably the largest commercial airliner ever to land at the former Kidlington Airport.
The black and gold Lion-inspired design jet stopped off at Hyderabad Airport (HYD) in India and Dubai World Central Airport (DWC), in UAE before flying from Larnaca in Cyprus to Oxford.
"‘I assure you we are not in contention to become London Heathrow’s third runway!," said James Dillon-Godfray, the airport’s head of business development, "but are delighted to welcome this stunning commercial aircraft. It shows the extraordinary field performance of this family of jets."
The twin-engine single-aisle Embraer E190-E2 has fly-by-wire steering and high-aspect ratio wings. It is the largest variant of Embraer’s family of upgraded E-Jets and has significantly reduced emissions and noise levels. It can be configured to a 120,132 or a146-seat layout.
In coronavirus news Embraer is putting all its Brazil-based employees who cannot work remotely on paid leave from 22 to 31 March and only "a few essential operations" will be maintained. It will decide shortly whether to implement similar measures in other countries that it operates in.
The company will work with local government and trade unions in the coming days to decide on the next best steps to "protect employees ... and, at the same time, protect our business in a way that everyone suffers the least impact possible," it said.
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