Embraer’s E195-E2 made its debut landing at London’s City Airport (LCY), demonstrating the aircraft’s steep approach capability. The visit, in anticipation of the aircraft’s certification for steep approach into London City at the end of this year, included ground handling tests and other preparations for the aircraft’s first scheduled flight into LCY, expected shortly after certification.
The aircraft, the largest in the E2 family, seating up to 146 passengers, was flown into LCY on a 39% blend of sustainable aviation fuel. Embraer’s test aircraft, featuring the eye-catching black and gold TechLion livery, was welcomed with the traditional water salute from London City Airport’s fire service.
Alison FitzGerald, chief operation officer at London City Airport, said, “The arrival of the E195-E2 signals that we are on the cusp of welcoming more new generation aircraft that provide world class environmental performance, carry more passengers, and have the potential to connect this airport with more global markets.
"This moment also represents the strength of the partnership we have with Embraer, and together, we are pushing the envelope of what’s possible at this airport, as at 146 seats and a wingspan of 35 meters, it will be comfortably the largest aircraft to operate from LCY.
"While the immediate focus is certification, we are hopeful that we will see the first E195-E2 in operation next year with KLM, which will be real cause of celebration.”