London City airport has welcomed the Embraer E190-E2 jet for the first time, with the aircraft’s nose emblazoned with a shark design.
The latest aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer entered service with Norwegian carrier Wideroe in April, and touched down at LCY on its way to this week’s Farnborough Air Show.
The E190-E2 is the same size as its predecessor the E190 with up to 114 seats. Nearly 60 per cent of LCY departures were operated with the E190 last year, with carriers at including BA Cityflyer and KLM Cityhopper.
Richard Hill, the airport’s chief commercial officer said that the aircraft’s visit “is a crucial milestone towards certification and subsequent commercial operation at London’s most central airport”.
“The first generation of E-Jets have been intrinsic to London City’s growth, so much so that up to three quarters of all passengers now land or depart on the aircraft,” said Hill.
“As we continue a £480m transformation, due for completion in 2022, the E2 has enormous potential for London City, with proven ability to operate with less noise, fewer emissions, and better fuel efficiency to open up new destinations, delivering significant benefits for our airline customers, passengers and local neighbours.”