Wataniya Airways of Kuwait will be the first Middle Eastern airline to fly an E-Jet E2 when it starts taking delivery of 10 new E195-E2s in 2020. The carrier signed a contract for 10 firm orders and 10 purchase rights for Embraer’s largest E-Jet at the Farnborough Airshow today.
The E195-E2s will be configured with 12 Business Class and 106 Economy Class seats. Wataniya is the first airline to install seats in a staggered layout in the premium cabin on an E-Jet E2. These seats provide the ultimate in privacy, comfort and personal space since each one is slightly offset from its adjacent pair.
The airline intentionally chose the staggered arrangement “to differentiate ourselves from the competition,” according to Wataniya’s CEO, Rakan Al-Tuwaijri.
The E195-E2’s range, superior operating economics, and all-new cabin interior will allow the airline “to open non-served markets and increase frequencies, delivering better connectivity to the Kuwait market,” says Mr. Al-Tuwaijri.
First-generation Embraer E-Jets have been flying in the Middle East since 2005.