Switzerland’s Helvetic Airways has taken delivery of its first Embraer E195-E2 aircraft.
The aircraft, HB-AZI, arrived at Zurich on 25 June after delivery from Embraer’s Brazilian production facility at Saõ José dos Campos, after enroute stops in Natal and Las Palmas.
This is the first of four of the type Helvetic has on order, with the remaining three due before the end of July.
“With the delivery of the first of our four new Embraer E195-E2s, our fleet renewal is on plan to be completed by the end of July,” said Tobias Pogorevc, CEO of Helvetic Airways, at the delivery media conference.
“With Embraer we have both the right types of aircraft and the right industry partner. Helvetic Airways now operates an optimal fleet mix in terms of capacity and sustainability. And as one of the leading E-Jet E2 operators in the world, Helvetic Airways will now be able to further strengthen its role as a Swiss airline in the European sky.”
Helvetic Airways already operates a fleet of four older Embraer E195s, plus eight of the smaller E190-E2 models.
The new Helvetic Airways Embraer E195-E2 will be deployed primarily to destinations within Europe. HB-AZI is scheduled to make its first commercial flight on Saturday 10 July, from Basel to the Greek island of Santorini (flights 2L 306 and 2L 307).