During a press briefing in Athens, Greece, Embraer confirmed that the delivery date of the first E190-E2 will be April 2018. The aircraft’s launch operator is Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia.
Widerøe are expected to begin flights with the E190-E2 shortly after it is delivered. The airline is going to configure the jet into a single-class aircraft seating 114 passengers.
“Since the program was launched, the first half of 2018 has been our target, and now we are making good on this commitment. This was only possible thanks to the excellence of our engineering process due to our unique experience in certifying 12 new aircraft in the last 17 years,” said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “From the beginning the E2 program has been, and remains on time, on budget and better than the initial specification. We’ll deliver to the market a mature and robust aircraft.”
The contract between the Scandinavian carrier and Embraer was for up to 15 E2 jets consisting of three firm orders for the E190-E2 and purchase rights for 12 further E2s. The price value, in case all orders are executed, can reach USD 873 million.