Cobham Aviation welcomed the arrival of its E190 at its base in Adelaide at
22:00 on November 9.
acquired the aircraft to support a dedicated charter service contract for to transport personnel
between Perth and Barrow Island.
This is the
first E190 that will be used for this type of charter flying and it faces some
unique operating procedures since Barrow Island is an “A-Class” reserve. The island is home to a variety of animals
that are extinct on the and whose populations are
dwindling. The Government of Australia
imposes strict rules for aircraft flying to and from Barrow Island in order to
protect the sensitive ecology.
arriving on the flight from Perth must pass through a sterile facility that
includes sniffer dogs and bio-monitors.
Passengers are screened for seeds, dust, food and anything else that may
threaten the island’s ecosystem. When it
starts regular flights in mid-February, the 104-seat E190 will require about
four hours of daily pre- and post-flight cleaning before it can be
dispatched. All cargo is wrapped in
plastic, gassed and sprayed for insects.
Cobham has been flying the Perth-Barrow route with an AVRO RJ100. The airline opted the E190 because of its speed, economics and cabin. According to Cobham General Manager of
, Ryan B ooth, the
E190 “…more fuel efficient, two-by-two passenger configuration and a next-generation aircraft so it comes with so many benefits you can’t list
There are 23
E-Jets and 3 ERJs in the fleets of Australian carriers including Airnorth of
Darwin, Virgin Australia, Cobham Aviation
and JetGo. Collectively, Skippers
Aviation, Airnorth, King Island Airlines and Hardy Aviation fly a dozen Embraer
E110 and E120 turboprops.