New plane to make unserved routes viable?

800 unserved routes in Europe could be run profitably
As many as 800 unserved routes in Europe could be operated profitably with the new E195-E2 aircraft, an Embraer executive has pledged.
Speaking during the Routes Europe 2017 live content program, marketing director EMEA Raul Villaron said the march of Europe’s low cost carriers had seen many regional routes now profitably served.
But many more remain unserved, as the aircraft do not exist to ensure they can be fully profitable ventures – until the E195 comes into service in 2019.
“It is good on regional flights of three to four hours maximum. We wanted it to be the best aircraft in terms of being economical,” he said.
The aircraft could give LCCs a new boost, having seen growth drop from 30% to 40% previously to about 10% now.
Raul added that the aircraft type would be profitable for any airline, especially as carriers increasingly copy each other’s business models in order to compete.
“All airlines are moving in the same direction,” he said. “They are becoming a type of hybrid airline and this is going to happen more and more.”
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