Widerøe to be E190-E2 launch operator

Norwegian carrier to get first aircraft in 2018
Norway’s Widerøe will be the first airline in the world to receive Embraer’s new E190-E2 aircraft, the first member of the second generation of the E-Jet family, the aircraft manufacturer has revealed.
As the launch operator of the model, Widerøe will be delivered the aircraft in the first half of 2018.
Widerøe has a contract with Embraer for up to 15 E2-family planes, consisting of three firm orders for the E190-E2 and purchase rights for 12 more. The order has a potential list price value of up to $873 million (€827 million).
“The market is keen to know the identity of the E190-E2 launch operator, and we’re pleased to end that suspense on this Valentine’s Day – Widerøe is the ‘perfect match’,” John Slattery, president and chief executive of Embraer Commercial Aviation, declared on Tuesday.
“The airline has a special place in our hearts. Widerøe are proven pioneers in their field who have achieved major success and still remain hugely ambitious, similar in many ways to the path taken by Embraer.”
He added: “The E2 program remains on target with technical specification guidance, on time and on budget. Our team remains focused on a successful delivery to Widerøe in the first half of next year.”
Widerøe is configuring the E190-E2s in a single-class layout with 114 seats. The E2 backlog has 275 firm orders, plus letters of intent, options and purchase rights covering another 415 aircraft giving a total of 690 commitments. For the E-Jet program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,700 orders and over 1,300 deliveries.
“We are very proud we will be the first airline in the world to operate the E190-E2,” said Stein Nilsen, Widerøe’s chief executive. “The E190-E2 will be a big leap in Widerøe’s history, and our planning for the first deliveries is now well underway.”
TTG Nordic