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Helvetic Airways to convert four of their remaining firm orders to the larger E195-E2

Helvetic Airways has signed a commitment with Embraer to convert four of their remaining firm orders to the larger E195-E2 aircraft. The original order, for 12 E190-E2s with purchase rights for a further 12, and conversion rights to E195-E2, was announced in September 2018.

Embraer has so far delivered five E190-E2s to Helvetic Airways, and all deliveries of the remaining seven aircraft, including the four E195-E2s, will be completed before the end of 2021, with the majority in the first half of 2021.

The remaining firm order for the seven aircraft to be delivered has a value of USD $480 million, based on current list prices. With all the purchase rights being exercised, the deal has a list price of USD 1.25 billion. In a move to diversify fleet capacity, Helvetic Airways will configure the E195-E2 with 134 seats in a single class layout, while their E190-E2s have 110 seats.

The new E195-E2 provides greater capacity, whilst being more sustainable and quiet; the E195-E2 burns 10% less fuel per flight, emits 30% less CO2 per passenger, and is 48% quieter than the E190 aircraft it replaces in Helvetic’s fleet.

Helvetic Airways aircraft photo gallery:

Helvetic Airways aircraft slide show:

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Embraer’s 1,600th E-Jet delivered to Helvetic Airways sets a new distance record

The delivery of the 1,600th e-Jet to Helvetic Airways set a new distance record for an E-Jet.

The pictured E190-E2 for Helvetic Airways landed in Zürich after flying 9 hours 10 minutes (7,488km/4,043nm) nonstop from Natal.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Embraer): Helvetic Airways Embaer ERJ 190-E2 (ERJ 190-300 STD) HB-AZE (msn 19020038) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 950550.

Helvetic Airways aircraft slide show:

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Embraer’s 1,600th E-Jet delivered to Helvetic Airways

Embraer celebrated on July 1, 2020 the delivery of its 1,600th E-Jet, an E190-E2. Helvetic Airways of Switzerland received the milestone aircraft. Airlines and leasing companies from some 50 countries have added Embraer E-Jets to their fleets since the first-generation jets entered revenue service in 2004. The new, highly fuel-efficient second-generation E-Jets family, the E2s, started flying with airlines in 2018.

Helvetic Airways is currently transitioning from a fleet of first-generation E-Jets to E2s. The carrier received its first E190-E2 in October 2019 and has added four more since as part of its fleet renewal program. Helvetic flies the airplanes in a 110-seat single-class configuration on domestic and international routes. The carrier has firm orders for 12 E190-E2s and purchase rights for a further 12 E190-E2s with conversion rights to the E195-E2, bringing the total potential order to 24 E2 aircraft.

Photo: Embraer.

FlyBAIR to launch operations on May 2, 2020

FlyBAIR has announced it will launch scheduled passenger operations on May 2, 2020. The first route will be from Bern, Switzerland to Palma de Mallorca.

This will be followed by three other destinations also starting in May:

Bern – Mahon – May 10

Bern – Olbia May 12

Bern – Jerez de la Fontera

Helvetic Airways will operate its Embraer 190 aircraft for the new carrier in FlyBAIR markings.

Planned routes from Bern:

Helvetic Airways takes delivery of its first Embraer E190-E2

Helvetic Airways on October 29 saw the arrival in Zurich of its new flagship, the first Embraer E190-E2, registered as HB-AZA.

HB-AZA arrived in ZRH to the traditional water cannon salute.

Embraer also made this announcement:

In ceremony held at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Helvetic Airways officially received its first E190-E2 jet from Embraer. The airline has a contract for a firm order of 12 jets of this model, and purchase rights for a further 12 E190-E2, with conversion rights to the E195-E2, bringing the total potential order up to 24 E-Jets E2s.

This E190-E2 aircraft marks the start of Helvetic’s fleet renewal program. The purchase rights for a further 12 aircraft (E190-E2 or E195-E2) will enable Helvetic Airways to grow according to market opportunities.

Helvetic Airways is configuring the E190-E2 in a single class layout with 110 seats and will deploy the aircraft on several domestic and international routes.

The E190-E2 is the first of three new aircraft types that make up the Embraer E2 family of aircraft, developed to succeed the first-generation E-Jets. Compared to the first-generation E190, the E190-E2 burns 17.3% less fuel and nearly 10% less than its direct competitor. This makes it the most efficient single-aisle aircraft on the market.

The E190-E2 brings more flexibility with maximum range of up to 3,293 miles (5,300 km), about 621 miles (1,000 km) more than the first-generation E190. The E190-E2 also generates significant savings for airlines in terms of maintenance costs. It has the longest maintenance intervals with 10,000 flight hours for basic checks and no calendar limit in typical E-Jets utilization. This means an additional 15 days of aircraft utilization over a period of ten years.

Pilots of the first-generation E-Jets require only two-and-a-half days of training without the need for a full flight simulator in order to fly the E2, which decreases the training burden and saves both time and money for the airlines. The E2 cockpit features advanced Honeywell Primus Epic 2 integrated avionics. Combined with the closed-loop fly-by-wire controls, the systems work together to improve aircraft performance, decrease pilot workload and enhance flight safety.

From the passenger’s perspective, the E2 cabin features a comfortable two-by-two layout. The absence of a middle seat enables passengers to have an enjoyable flight experience with more legroom and additional luggage storage space. Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft up to 150 seats with more than 100 customers across the world. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,500 aircraft have been delivered.

Today, E-Jets are flying in the fleets of 80 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 150-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline network carriers.

 

 

Swiss adds Ljubljana to its route network

Swiss International Air Lines has made this announcement:

From October 16, 2019 onwards, Swiss will be offering a new service to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, departing from its hub at Zurich Airport. There will be five connections a week initially, with a daily flight from October 27, 2019.
The new route will initially be operated by Helvetic Airways. With the rollout of the winter schedule on October 27, 2019 Swiss will fly to the new destination once a day from Zurich on an alternate basis with its wet lease partner, Helvetic Airways.
Prior to discontinuation of flight operations by Adria Airways, Swiss passengers were able to travel to from Zurich to Ljubljana thanks to a codeshare agreement.
The new flights will ensure a continuing connection.

Helvetic Airways sells its fleet of Fokker 100 aircraft

Type Retired: June 14, 2019 (flight 2L 100 with HB-JVG)

Helvetic Airways has announced the sale of its remaining fleet of Fokker 100 aircraft and the entirety of Helvetic’s spare engines, spare parts and tooling to Alliance Aviation Services Limited, of Australia, the world’s largest operator of Fokker aircraft.


Following the negotiations conducted in recent weeks, the conclusion of the sale puts a final end to the phasing-out project of the Fokker fleet of the Swiss company.

Helvetic Airways currently now operates a standardized fleet of eleven Embraer E190-E1 aircraft.

From this autumn onwards, these will be supplemented by the first of twelve new Embraer E190-E2s.

As previously reported, the airline operated its last Fokker 100 revenue flight on June 14, 2019 with HB-JVG.

Top Copyright Photo: Helvetic Airways Fokker F.28 Mk. 0100 HB-JVG (msn 11478) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 907302.

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Helvetic Airways retires its last Fokker 100

Helvetic Airways made this announcement:

After more than 15 years of service with the type, Helvetic Airways officially withdrew its last Fokker 100 on June 14. Just prior to its withdrawal, aircraft HB-JVG performed an exclusive scenic flight around Switzerland before making its final landing at Zurich Airport in Helvetic service.

Following some commemorative activities at the departure gate, special flight 2L 100 departed for its farewell tour of Switzerland carrying several media representatives, Helvetic Airways employees and selected guests.

On landing, the aircraft was also treated to a water salute by the airport fire service.

Photos: Nicolas Bruni / Tis Meyer

Swiss and Helvetic Airways expand their collaboration

Swiss International Air Lines is to expand its partnership with Helvetic Airways, and will deploy up to eight Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E2 aircraft (above) or similar equipment on its route network from 2019 onwards under wet-lease (i.e. the lease-in of aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) arrangements.

The expanded collaboration reconfirms the high quality of Helvetic Airways’ services and its premium partner credentials. It will also provide greater planning security and ensure the optimum utilization of the Helvetic Airways fleet.

Four Embraer E190s of Helvetic Airways are currently in service for Swiss. The aircraft are deployed on Swiss flights to over 40 European destinations.

Helvetic Airways AG currently operates a fleet of seven Embraer E190 and five Fokker 100 aircraft. The latter will be withdrawn next year and replaced with further Embraer equipment. The new Embraer E190-E2 aircraft will enter service from September 2019 onwards. Four of the company’s Embraer E190s are presently operated on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines under a long-term ACMI lease agreement. The remaining aircraft in the Helvetic Airways fleet are operated under other ACMI leases or perform the company’s own scheduled and charter flights.

All photos by Helvetic Airways).

Helvetic Airways firms up its order for 12 Embraer E190-E2 jets

Embraer and Helvetic Airways have signed a contract for a firm order of 12 E190-E2 jets.

This agreement was announced as a Letter of Intent (LOI) at the recent Farnborough Air Show, in July.

The firm order has a value of $730 million, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer’s 2018 third-quarter backlog. The contract also includes purchase rights for a further 12 E190-E2, with conversion rights to the E195-E2, bringing the total potential order up to 24 E-Jets E2s.

With all the purchase rights being exercised, the deal has a list price of $1.5 billion. The announcement was made by the two companies during the Zurich debut of the E190-E2, the world’s most efficient and quietest single-aisle aircraft, as part of its tour of Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The first 12 E190-E2 aircraft will begin replacing Helvetic’s five Fokker 100s and seven E190s, starting in late 2019 and completing in autumn 2021.

The purchase options for a further 12 aircraft (E190-E2 or E195-E2) will enable Helvetic Airways to grow according to market opportunities. Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft.

Image: Embraer.