London City Airport debut for new Embraer E190-E2
Jet confirmed as having lowest noise levels of all new generation single aisle aircraft
Embraer’s E190-E2 aircraft has made its debut landing at London City Airport (LCY).
The aircraft from Embraer’s test fleet, which entered into service in April 2018, stopped off at LCY on Friday July 13 on its way to the Farnborough International Airshow.The visit demonstrates Embraer’s commitment to offering LCY capability to airlines and its intention to work with the Airport to certify the E2 to meet rising customer demand.
Compatibility with LCY's approach and runway
Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said: “For Embraer, London City feels like home, wherever you look, our aircraft are there. So it’s a big moment for us to bring the newest generation Embraer jet to this important European hub. We know that passengers will love the new aircraft, still with no middle seats and featuring larger overhead bins, and Londoners will also appreciate the quietness of the aircraft and its low emissions.”
London City Airport is known for its convenience and speedy passenger experience. Its location means operating aircraft have to be compatible with the airport’s steep approach and short runway. Embraer aircraft have operated from LCY since 2009, when BA Cityflyer started operations with the E170. They have accounted for nearly 60 per cent of departures from LCY in 2017.
Reducing noise, while opening up new destinations
Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: “To welcome the Embraer E2 to London City Airport for the first time 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. 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.”
In certification testing, EASA figures confirmed the E190-E2 has the lowest noise levels among all new generation single aisle aircraft. If this performance can be replicated in the operational environment of London City Airport, the E190-E2 would meet the minimum noise restrictions of the airport’s new Aircraft Noise Categorisation Scheme (ANCS), which will be fully introduced next year.
The E190-E2 is the first in a new generation of crossover narrowbody jets from Embraer. The aircraft entered into service with Norwegian carrier Widerøe in April. The E195-E2 goes into service with Azul in Brazil in 2019. The E190-E2 cuts fuel burn by more than 17 per cent, and is the quietest passenger jet in the world today both in the cabin and outside. Since entering revenue service, the E-Jets family has received more than 1,800 orders with more than 1,400 aircraft delivered.