European carrier, Helvetic Airways, received the first of four new E195-E2 aircraft today at Embraer’s facility in Sao Jose dos Campos. Helvetic will receive a further three E195-E2 aircraft by the end of July 2021.
Flexibility and compatibility
With Embraer, Helvetic has developed a fleet providing maximum flexibility to deploy its 134-seat E195-E2s and existing 110-seat E190-E2s and 112-seat E190s across its European network. Thanks to the common crew type rating for all E-Jets, Helvetic can seamlessly schedule the three different E-Jet models to satisfy variations in demand, maximising operating economics.
Helvetic ordered 12 E-Jet E2s in 2018 to support its fleet renewal initiative: 8 E190-E2s (already in service) and four E195-E2s (converted purchase rights for E190-E2s.) The airline also holds purchase rights for an additional 12 aircraft. When the three remaining E195-E2s are delivered, the carrier will have a fleet of 16 E-Jets.
At the special ceremony in Brazil, broadcast to Helvetic employees in Europe, Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation said, “With the new E195-E2, Helvetic builds on its reputation as one of the most environmentally committed airlines in Europe. Not only does the aircraft burn 25% less fuel than its predecessor, its noise footprint is 65% smaller. The E2s are great news for communities near airports.”