Helvetic Airways (Zurich) is planning to lease the seven 112-seat Niki (flyniki.com) (Vienna) Embrear ERJ 190-100LRs from lessor Bernina Aircraft Leasing which acquired the aircraft according to ch-aviation. This will be a new type for the carrier. The first four will be operated by Helvetic for Swiss replacing four Swiss European Air Lines RJ100s. The other three will be operated by Helvetic on expansion routes.
Helvetic will operate the following routes for Swiss using the new Embraer 190s starting late this month:
Zurich to Dusseldorf, Prague and Warsaw starting on December 22.
Zurich to Belgrade starting on January 3, 2015 per Airline Route.
Niki is retiring the Embraer 190 from its fleet.
In other related news, the company has announced new services next summer season to Olbia (from Bern), Brindisi (from Bern), Bordeaux (from Zurich), Calvi (from Zurich), Lamezia Terme (from Zurich), Shannon (from Zurich), Palma de Mallorca (from Bern/Zurich), Greek Islands (from Bern/Zurich) and the Canary Islands (from Zurich).
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OE-IXG (msn 19000435) at Zurich will soon transition to Zurich-based Helvetic Airways.
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