Helvetic Airways has taken delivery of its first E195-E2 from a total order for four aircraft, Embraer announced on Wednesday. The remaining three planes will be delivered by July, completing the Swiss airline’s total order for 12 E2 jets.
The carrier had selected the E190-E2 in 2018 and closed a deal for 12 units with 12 purchase rights. In July 2020, however, it chose to change the order, replacing four units with the largest variant of the Brazilian aircraft family.
“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. “The structural changes in the demand for air travel that have emerged in recent months vindicate the strategic choices we made back in 2018,” he added.
Helvetic is the first Embraer customer to have two models of the E2 series in its fleet and the 6th airline in the world to operate the E195-E2, which can carry up to 146 passengers in a single class.
The Kloten-based company was founded in 2003 and began operating with three Fokker 100 jets. In 2014, Helvetic began flying seven Embraer E190s, four of which are still in service.
The E195-E2 jet fleet is estimated at 25 aircraft. Azul Linhas Aereas, the launch customer of the model, has the most jets so far, a total of nine planes.
|Customer||Country||Number of aircraft*|
|Azul Linhas Aereas||Brazil||9|