Widerøe will be the first operator of the E190-E2
Airliner from Norway has signed an agreement to acquire up to 15 Embraer jets
Widerøe, Norway’s largest regional carrier, will be the first airline in the world to receive the new E190-E2 jet, the first member of the E-Jets E2 series. The delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for the first half of 2018.
Widerøe has a contract with Embraer for up to 15 E2 family jets, consisting of three firm orders for E190-E2 and options for another 12 E2 family aircraft. The order has a potential value of up to $ 873 million.
“The E2 program remains on target with technical specification guidance, on time and on budget. Our team remains focused on a successful delivery to Widerøe in the first half of next year, ” said John Slattery, President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. The E190-E2 flew for the first time in May 2016. The E-Jets 2 family also includes the E195-E2 and E175-E2 models, scheduled for 2019 and 2020, respectively.
Widerøe is configuring the E190-E2 in a single class with 114 seats. With the order from Widerøe, the E-Jets E2 order book reaches 275 aircraft plus 415 letters of intent, options and purchase rights, totaling 690 commitments from airlines and leasing companies.
Stein Nilsen, CEO of Widerøe, said: “We are very proud we will be the first airline in the world to operate the E190-E2. Knowing the hard-work Embraer is doing in the certification campaign, especially in terms of maturity, we have every confidence in a smooth entry into service. The E190-E2 will be a big leap in Widerøe’s history, and our planning for the first deliveries is now well underway. ”
The Embraer E190-E2 will be Widerøe’s first jet airliner. The Norwegian company’s fleet of 41 aircraft is composed only of Bombardier Dash 8 turbo-propeller models, manufactured in Canada.