Widerøe reveals world’s first E190-E2 routes

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New 114-seat aircraft to boost capacity to existing routes
The Nordic regional airline Widerøe has announced that the world’s first Embraer 190-E2 commercial flight will take place from Bergen Airport on April 24 next year.
Bergen and Tromsø airports will be first to welcome the new 114-seat jet. Embraer revealed that Widerøe would be the new twin-engine aircraft type’s launch operator earlier this year.
Initial deliveries to the Norwegian carrier will take place during the first half of 2018, and Widerøe will use the aircraft on its twice-daily service from Bergen to Tromsø, joined two days later by flights to Bodø.
“These services are important for tourists as they often start their vacations in Bergen or on the west coast to experience the Norwegian fjords before travelling to northern Norway as an alternative to cruise tourism,” explains Jasper Spruit, VP traffic development at Norway’s airport operator Avinor. “As a result of the introduction of this new, bigger jet even more travellers can make this journey.”
The E190-E2 will have nearly 50% more seats than the existing Widerøe aircraft it will replace on the two domestic routes, meaning more efficient flying per passenger, Avinor stresses.
Widerøe operated over 110,000 flights last year. It is Oslo Airport’s fourth largest airline in terms of weekly seats and adds new domestic services from the Norwegian capital to Leknes, Svolvær and Stokmarknes in 2017.
TTG Nordic