Widerøe’s factory-fresh Embraer E190-E2 begins the first commercial flights in the world with the new type between Bergen and Tromsø.
Two of Avinor’s airports were at the forefront of technological advancement in using the latest wave of commercial aircraft this week, when Widerøe started using its Brazilian-made Embraer E190-E2 on its Norwegian domestic flights. The regional carrier, a long-held partner of Avinor, intends to initially use the game-changing aircraft on its services between two of the Norwegian airport group’s facilities ‒ namely Bergen and Tromsø.
In Bergen there were speeches from Widerøe CEO Stein Nilsen and Airport Director Aslak Sverderup. All travellers on the first flight also got a taste of the special E190-E2 cake. In Tromsø, the red carpet was rolled-out for the passengers, and even more cake and music were served to the passengers and guests arriving in the northern capital.
At the same time as welcoming this next generation aircraft to two of its airports, Avinor sees the arrival of the E190-E2 as helping to improve its green credentials. “The introduction of this aircraft into Widerøe’s fleet absolutely fits into our goals as an airport company of delivering sustainable services which minimise their environmental footprint,” says Jasper Spruit, VP Traffic Development, Avinor. “We are immensely proud to be an innovator in the development of a greener aviation future.”
The revolutionary aircraft is expected to deliver a 16% reduction in fuel consumption compared to today’s jets of a similar size. It also significantly reduces the amount of CO2 and NOx emissions versus comparable aircraft.
Widerøe’s use of the new type has also allowed it to start new routes to Germany from Bergen to Munich and Hamburg, which will launch 13 and 14 August respectively.