LONDON – With the Embraer E195-E2 completing the steep certification testing in London City, it poses the question: Who is Embraer targeting for this aircraft?
The E195-E2 officially becomes the largest aircraft to land at the iconic City Airport, with the arrival welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute.
The operation by the E195-E2 included ground handling tests and other preparations for the aircraft’s first scheduled flight into LCY, which is expected shortly after certification.
The airport plays a key role in London’s wider connectivity, and Embraer aircraft equally have played an intrinsic role in the management of the challenges that LCY operations present.
Embraer aircraft account for 85% of all LCY operations on routes as diverse as Edinburgh and Mykonos.
Alison FitzGerald, Chief Operation Officer at London City Airport, said:
“The arrival of the E195-E2 signals that we are on the cusp of welcoming more new generation aircraft that provide world-class environmental performance, carry more passengers, and have the potential to connect this airport with more global markets.”
“This moment also represents the strength of the partnership we have with Embraer, and together, we are pushing the envelope of what’s possible at this airport, as at 146 seats and a wingspan of 35 meters, it will be comfortably the largest aircraft to operate from LCY.”
“While the immediate focus is certification, we are hopeful that we will see the first E195-E2 in operation next year with KLM, which will be the real cause of celebration.”
Arjan Meijer, President and CEO Embraer Commercial Aviation, said:
“London City feels like home for Embraer. It’s a great airport, not just because it’s fast and efficient for passengers to travel through, but because its unique challenges as an airfield demonstrate the excellent performance of our E-Jets.”
“We are immensely proud to be the dominant aircraft brand at LCY, and look forward to seeing scheduled services begin with the E195-E2.”
Who Are Embraer Aiming To Target?
Based on data from RadarBox.com, the following carriers operate Embraer aircraft into the airport:
- British Airways (BA CityFlyer).
- ITA Airways.
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
- LOT Polish Airlines.
- SWISS (Helvetic Airways).
- And others!
All of those carriers listed are heavy legacy carriers that have the most investment.
With LCY catering mostly to business personnel, and its close proximity to the financial sector, Embraer will, of course, want to enable customers with the ability to handle more passengers into the airport.
The E190-E2, which is already in operation with some carriers, can carry around 114 passengers in a single-class configuration, or 100 in a dual configuration.
The E195-E2 will offer around 146 seats in a 28-inch pitch or 132 seats in a 31-inch pitch, which is more than what the E190-E2 can offer. Even in a three-class configuration, the aircraft carries six passengers more than the E2 in a single-class config.
It remains clear that Embraer is wanting to get this aircraft marketed well to the European carriers that operate at London City Airport.
Offering more than what the E190-E2 and other operable aircraft do, this does put them in good stead to secure orders going into the future.
With the Brazilian manufacturer wanting to secure more orders for its E2 family overall, this will, of course, be a unique selling point that they will wish to capitalize on.
Securing the long-term success of the E2 program will be the first priority before the upcoming Turboprop Next Generation program comes into force in the middle of this decade.