Norwegian regional airline Widerøe is the first airline in the world to use the Embraer E-Jet E2 family on commercial flights. This is also a milestone in international aviation history.
Widerøe will then connect Western Norway with Northern Norway in a more efficient and fast way. On 24 April next year, Widerøe’s new family member, LN-WEA, takes off from Bergen Airport Flesland to Tromsø Airport Langnes. This flight is getting International attention as Widerøe is making its 114-seat regional jets available to the public for the first time.
The E190-E2 is the next generation environmentally friendly aircraft and will contribute to a sustainable future for Norwegian aviation and for Widerøe. Through the investment in new aircrafts, Widerøe takes greater responsibility in the climate challenge and creates the prerequisites for continued growth.
The delivery of three E190-E2s with an option for additional 12 aircrafts is a massive accreditation of Widerøe and a big leap in the company’s long history of turboprop operations. The first aircraft is to be delivered March 2018.
“We believe that the link between the fjord and mountains in western Norway and the exciting nature in northern Norway with northern lights and midnight sun will be one of the strongest tourism products in Europe in the next few years,” says Widerøe CEO Stein Nilsen.
CEO of Embraer, John Slattery, and his team visited the Widerøe facilities on several occasions before the decision was taken. The fact that one of the biggest aircraft manufacturers in the world selected Widerøe as their launch customer is a huge honor to the organization.
Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 130 seats. The company, headquartered in Brazil, maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. Since the company was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircrafts.
All images: Widerøe/Embraer
Norwegian Air Carrier’s World Premiere of New Generation Aircrafts, written by Tor Kjolberg