PHOTO: London City.

FARNBOROUGH – July 13 saw the Embraer E190-E2 testbed aircraft land for the first time at London City Airport (LCY).

The E190-E2 entered service in April this year with launch customer Widerøe. This stopover at LCY demonstrates the importance of being able to offer LCY capability to airlines and its intention to work with LCY to certify the E2 to meet customer demand. The aircraft will then fly onwards to Farnborough for the air show.

Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “For Embraer, London City feels like home, wherever you look, our aircraft are there. So it’s a big moment for us to bring the newest generation Embraer jet to this important European hub. We know that passengers will love the new aircraft, still with no middle seats and feature larger overhead bins, and Londoners will also appreciate the quietness of the aircraft and its low emissions.”

London City is known for its steep approaches and short runway. Embraer aircraft have been certified for this and have operated from LCY since 2009 when BA Cityflyer began operations with E170 aircraft. Embraer aircraft accounted for 60% of all departures from LCY last year.

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Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: “to welcome the Embraer E2 to London City Airport for the first time is a crucial milestone towards certification and subsequent commercial operation at London’s most central airport. The first generation of E-Jets has been intrinsic to London City’s growth, so much so that up to three-quarters of all passengers now land or depart on the aircraft. As we continue a £480m transformation, due for completion in 2022, the E2 has enormous potential for London City, with proven ability to operate with less noise, fewer emissions, and better fuel efficiency to open up new destinations, delivering significant benefits for our airline customers, passengers, and local neighbors.”

In the certification stages, EASA figures stated that the E190-E2 has the lowest noise levels out of all the new generation of single-aisle aircraft.

The manufacturer said that if the performance can be replicated at LCY, then the E190-E2 would meet the minimum noise restrictions of the airport’s new Aircraft Noise Categorisation Scheme (ANCS), which is to be fully introduced next year.

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The E190-E2 currently cuts fuel burn by more than 17% and is the quietest passenger jet in the world both in the cabin and outside of the aircraft.

Since entering revenue service, the E-Jets family has received over 1,800 orders, with 1,400 of them being delivered. 70 customers across 50 different countries operate aircraft from the 70-150 seat family of aircraft. The E195-E2 goes into service next year with Azul in Brazil.