Embraer performed a demonstration flight with an E190-E2 from Seoul to Pohang Airport, in South Korea, on Monday.
The aircraft with more than 80 passengers performed a simulated landing at a distance of just 1,066 meters of runway, to prove its ability to operate in restricted airports.
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The presentation of the Brazilian jet has a clear reason: to prove its capacity to operate at the future airport on the island of Ulleungdo, 120 km from the South Korean coast.
With a total area of 73 km, the island does not have an airport and residents and visitors depend on maritime transport to access it.
Memorandum of Understanding
The government, however, has already started construction on the Ulleungdo Airport, which should be ready in 2025. The problem is that the runway will be small, just 1,200 meters long.
The E190-E2 even flew over the island before landing in Pohang, to also demonstrate its range, with fuel until the return to Seoul.
At first, the plan is that only turboprop aircraft with capacity for up to 50 passengers operate at the airport, but there are studies to expand this limit to 80 seats – hence Embraer demonstrated the E190-E2 with a similar capacity.
Embraer also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of the Province of Gyeongsangbuk-do to promote actions in the aviation segment with the largest province in the country.