LONDON – Having originally signed the deal as a Letter of Intent (LOI) at the Farnborough Air Show earlier this year, Helvetic Airways has confirmed its order for 12 Embraer E190-E2s.

At the Farnborough Air Show, the airline stated its intentions of renewing its fleet with 24 E190-E2 aircraft, featuring 12 firm orders with the options for an additional 12.

At the time, the airline’s CEO, Tobias Pogorevc, said that “with the new E2 family, Helvetic will consolidate its highly reliable operation with the quietest and most efficient next-generation aircraft available.”

“Furthermore, moving from the current E190 to the E2 fleet will be simple for our well-trained pilots, as only two and half days of ‘non-simulator’ transition training is needed,” he added.

The firm deal is worth around $730 million with the valuation going up to $1.5 billion if purchase rights are exercised.

The options also give flexibility in variation between the E190-E2 and the E195-E2.

Deliveries are to begin in the latter part of 2019, with a completion date set for the autumn season of 2021.

These new aircraft will replace Helvetic’s five Fokker 100s and seven E190-E1 aircraft.

This confirmed order is excellent news for Embraer and its E2 program. These planes will now be added into the backlog for Embraer’s 3Q18 reports.

The E2 Touring Europe

The European tour that Embraer has taken so far started in Manchester and Amsterdam, visiting both BA Cityflyer and KLM.  In addition, the plane will operate demonstration flights in 12 more countries in the region.

“The E190-E2 started revenue flights in Europe earlier in the year, and following a successful appearance at the Farnborough Airshow, we are proud to show off our new aircraft to operators across the region,” said Martyn Holmes, VP Europe, Russia, Central Asia & Leasing, for Embraer Commercial Aviation.

“With over 45 customers and over 350 aircraft in the region, we are already seeing many of these customers interested in the world-beating aircraft.”

There are rumors tying both KLM and BA Cityflyer to potential orders for the E2 variant, especially now that the manufacturer has taken the plane to visit them at their operating bases.

“We are eager to present the E190-E2 to the airlines, many of which are already E-Jets operators,” added Holmes.

Currently, the E190-E2 is in commercial operation with Widerøe. The carrier took delivery of the first variant in April 2018.

The Norwegian carrier is operating three E2s, accumulating close to 2,000 flight hours. According to Embraer, the plane’s dispatch reliability is at 99%.

This European tour might indeed spark some interest from further carriers in the region. 

At the Farnborough Air Show, the manufacturer clinched numerous orders, with Azul Airlines signing an LOI for 21 E195-E2 aircraft.