Helvetic Airways expands fleet with four Embraer E195-E1 jets

Render of Helvetic Airways E195-E1 in flight.
Image Credit: Helvetic Airways

Swiss regional airline Helvetic Airways is expanding its fleet by four Embraer E195-E1s as of summer 2024, bringing the total fleet to 22 aircraft.

A long-term leasing agreement has been signed with Azorra for the four 122-seater regional commuter aircraft.

Helvetic Airways E195 Acquisition

Helvetic Airways recently inked a multi-year lease agreement with Azorra, marking a further step in the airline’s growth trajectory.

The four Embraer E195-E1s, built in 2011, are anticipated to be inducted into Helvetic Airways’ existing fleet at the onset of the second quarter of 2024. The operator already operates an all-Embraer regional fleet.

Notably, these latest aircraft boast a brand-new and contemporary interior configuration, featuring a total of 122 seats arranged in a passenger-friendly “no middle seats” 2-2 layout.

With this latest acquisition, Helvetic Airways is set to elevate its fleet to a total of 22 aircraft, including four Embraer E195-E2s, eight E190-E2s, six E190s, and four E195s, by the commencement of the 2024 summer timetable.

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This expansion positions the airline to better cater to its growing customer base and uphold its commitment to operational excellence.

A Helvetic Airways E195 in flight
Image Credit: Helvetic Airways

Fleet Modernization

The decision to deploy the four larger E195s on existing flight routes aligns with Helvetic Airways’ vision to offer an enhanced travel experience.

Tobias Pogorevc, the CEO of Helvetic Airways, highlights the significance of these additions, stating, “The four completely reconfigured and modernized aircraft will ideally complement our existing fleet.”

“They will allow us to maintain a stable flight schedule even under the current challenging conditions and guarantee our customers a high level of reliability, planning security and, above all, punctuality.”

Azorra’s Perspective

Azorra, the leasing partner for these aircraft, now takes onboard the Swiss carrier as a new customer.

 Michael Davis, Chief Marketing Officer of Azorra, comments, “Helvetic Airways is an exciting new customer relationship for Azorra, and we appreciate their trust and commitment to this transaction.”

“Helvetic Airways has high standards in customer service, quality, and operations, and we are investing in these aircraft to achieve those standards. We look forward to delivering the aircraft and assisting further in their future fleet plan and finance objectives.”

Helvetic Airways and Swiss Aviation

Helvetic Airways, known for providing short- and medium-haul air services from various Swiss airports, operates a fleet of Embraer E190-E2, E195-E2, and E190-E1 aircraft on scheduled, charter, and wet-lease flights.

The airline’s collaboration with Swiss International Air Lines under a long-term wet-lease agreement further exemplifies its commitment to flexibility and adaptability in the dynamic aviation landscape.

Boasting over 510 employees, the regional carrier stands as a prominent player in the Swiss aviation sector.

The airline’s dedication to maintaining its own maintenance hangar and operational base at Zurich Airport underscores its commitment to ensuring operational efficiency and control.

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