After speculation that the airline would order 10 Bombardier CSeries aircraft, Widerøe today signed an agreement with Embraer for up to 15 new jets from the E2 E-jet family. The agreement consists of firm orders for 3 E190-E2 jets and purchase rights for 12 additional aircraft in the E2 family.
The new aircraft which are expected to be delivered in 2018, will be configured with a 1-class layout with 114 seats. Widerøe currently operates an all-Bombardier fleet consisting of 41 aircraft.
“Our decision to choose the Embraer family of next generation E2 aircraft for our move into jet operations is based on the need for a high quality passenger experience, ease and flexibility of operations, and lowest through life costs,” Stein Nilsen, Chief Executive Officer of Widerøe, said.
“It’s always an important moment for Embraer when we add a new airline to our family of operators. It’s even better to be part of a step change in that customer’s operations – our next generation E190-E2s will also be the first jets in Widerøe’s fleet. The opportunities for both Embraer and Widerøe as the airline seeks to expand and move beyond only turboprop operations, present an exciting future. A great way to start 2017”, said Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation.