Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, will be the first airline in the world to receive the Embraer E190-E2 jet. The upgraded E190 is the first member of the E-Jets E2 family, comprising improved versions of the original E-Jets commercial aircraft. Deliveries to Widerøe are scheduled to start in the first half of 2018.
The Norwegian carrier — which currently operates an all-Bombardier fleet of 41 Dash-8 turboprops — has a contract with Embraer for up to 15 E2 family jets consisting of three firm orders for the E190-E2 and purchase rights for 12 further E2 family aircraft. The order, which was initially announced, has a potential list price value of up to $873m, if all options are exercised.
Widerøe is configuring the E190-E2s in a single-class layout with 114 seats.
The Widerøe order brings the E-Jets E2 backlog to 275 firm orders plus Letters of Intent, options and purchase rights covering another 415 aircraft giving a total of 690 commitments from airlines and leasing companies. The firm orders are evenly split between the three E2 models: E175-E2 (88 seats), E190-E2 (114 seats) and E195-E2 (130+ seats).
The first E190-E2 prototype rolled out on 25th February 2016 and made its first flight on 23rd May.