EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) granted Embraer the certificate for Steep Approach operation for the E195-E2 model, its largest commercial jet.
The approval allows the airlines to operate the E195-E2 at London City Airport (LCY), known for its challenging approach and short runway.
Capable of carrying up to 146 passengers, the E195-E2 becomes the largest commercial aircraft authorized to operate at London’s central airport, known for its strictest environmental restrictions.
According to EASA, the jet was shown to have a 60% lower noise footprint on takeoff than previous generation aircraft. The performance meets the requirements adopted in London City, which prevents the operation of noisy jets in the vicinity of its area.
The E195-E2 joins the smaller version, E190-E2, which obtained certification in 2021 and already operates in London City with Helvetic Airways.
The Swiss airline is one of the beneficiaries of the approval as it also has the E195-E2 in its fleet. Another carrier that has gained approval to fly to London City with a larger jet is KLM Cityhopper, a regional airline linked to the Dutch company.
“The certification of the E195-E2 signifies an exciting new era for London City Airport. With its capacity to handle more passengers while being significantly quieter and more fuel efficient is testament to our commitment to work closely with aircraft manufacturers to certify cleaner, quieter, new generation aircraft and we eagerly anticipate our airlines starting commercial operations of the E195-E2 at London City Airport,” said Alison FitzGerald, Chief Operating Officer, London City Airport.
Embraer brings ex-Airbus driver to the position of VP of Sales & Marketing for Europe and Central Asia
The manufacturer also announced on Friday that Marie-Louise Philippe has been appointed as new vice president Sales & Marketing, Head of Region for Europe & Central Asia.
Marie-Louise has over 20 years in the aviation industry with experience in France, Singapore and Hong Kong. The new executive worked at Airbus in the commercial and customer relationship areas, in addition to having a significant sales portfolio for airlines in Europe and Asia.
“I’m delighted to welcome Marie-Louise to Embraer, she comes with an exceptional track record and reputation. Europe and Central Asia is a critical region for Embraer, where we have a strong history of building partnerships with some of the world’s most successful airlines. I know Marie-Louise will be a huge success in this role and will keep growing the business and supporting our customers”, said Martyn Holmes, CCO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.