After departing the Farnborough Airshow, Embraer’s latest aircraft, the E195-E2,”Profit Hunter” made its debut landing at London’s iconic City Airport (LCY); demonstrating the aircraft’s steep approach capability.
The visit, in anticipation of the aircraft’s certification for steep approach into London City at the end of this year, included ground handling tests and other preparations for the aircraft’s first scheduled flight into LCY, expected shortly after certification.
The visit demonstrates the importance Embraer places on being able to offer LCY capability to airlines with the E195-E2 – the E190-E2 began operations into LCY with in September 2021. The airport is a vital component of London’s wider connectivity, and Embraer aircraft are uniquely able to manage the challenges of LCY operations; Embraer aircraft account for 85 per cent of all LCY operations on routes as diverse as Edinburgh and Mykonos.
The aircraft, the largest in the E2 family, seating up to 146 passengers, was flown into LCY on a 39 per cent blend of Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Embraer’s test aircraft, featuring the eye-catching black and gold TechLion livery, was welcomed with the traditional water salute from London City Airport’s fire service.
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.”
The E2 is the most efficient single aisle aircraft flying today, saving up to 25 per cent carbon dioxide emissions compared to previous generation aircraft. Over 30 per cent lower CO2 emission per seat versus jets of current generation operating at the airport
In early July, Embraer and Pratt & Whitney successfully tested a E195-E2 aircraft on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). With 100 per cent SAF, the 25 per cent reduction in emissions can be increased up to an impressive 85 per cent.
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