Yesterday evening, Thursday 2 September 2021, saw an important debut for London City Airport. At 1749, an Embraer E190-E2 made its first commercial flight into the iconic airport in the centre of the British political and financial capital. The Helvetic Airways aircraft,
registered HB-AZG, flew from Zurich to London in 1 hour 20 minutes, also re-establishing an essential link for the global financial community.
Flight LX 456, operated by Helvetic Airways on behalf of its partner company Swiss International Air Lines, was welcomed by a water salute from London City Airport’s fire service.
On board the sold-out flight were 110 passengers, including representatives of the international
media, business travellers and those visiting friends and family.
Re-establishing connectivity between the UK and Switzerland Commenting on the arrival, LCY’s Chief Operating Officer Alison FitzGerald said: “Welcoming
Swiss and Helvetic back, and with the newest LCY-capable aircraft, Embraer’s E190-E2, is a
significant milestone for London City. It demonstrates how we are collaborating with manufacturers and airlines to introduce more low-emission, low-noise aircraft to our airport, as well as re-establishing a vital business connection which we believe will go from strength to strength as the UK Government begins to further reduce barriers to travel. Our ambition is to be
one of the most sustainable airports of our size in Europe, and it is my expectation that we will
be welcoming more of these aircraft with more airlines as the industry recovers from COVID19.”
The Embraer E190-E2: the perfect aircraft for London City With LCY’s runway length of only 1,508 metres and descent angles of up to 5.5 degrees, the Embraer E190-E2 is particularly suitable for operations at the legendary Thames-side airport.
“Thanks to a reduction of almost 20% in fuel consumption and a noise footprint at take-off that
is 63% smaller than our previous-generation aircraft, the E190-E2 delivers not only significant
reductions in emissions but also a much quieter experience for local residents,” enthused Cesar
Perreira, Embraer’s Vice President Sales & Marketing EMEA, shortly before the first flight left Zurich for London.
It should be noted that Embraer aircraft account for nearly 90% of all movements at London City
Airport. At the same time, the E190-E2 almost doubles the available range from the airport to
more than 4,000 kilometres, bringing destinations such as Istanbul, Casablanca and Moscow within reach for the first time.
Helvetic Airways: the first E2 operator into London City
“With this world premiere, we are particularly proud to be able to offer a product of the highest level in terms of comfort, quiet and sustainability. We are convinced that the Embraer E2 is perfectly suited to the requirements of business customers flying between the financial centres
of London and Zurich,” said Tobias Pogorevc, CEO of Helvetic Airways, during the inaugural flight.
With the coronavirus pandemic bringing a more regional emphasis to air transport along with a trend towards the use of smaller aircraft types, Helvetic Airways is ideally equipped both to provide reliable and cost-effective flight operations and to take full and fruitful advantage of the new opportunities currently offered in markets worldwide. With a fleet of 12 Embraer E2 aircraft,
Helvetic Airways is presently the largest Embraer E-Jet operator in the world, strengthening its position as a regional airline based in Switzerland and serving Europe and beyond.
About Helvetic Airways
Swiss regional airline Helvetic Airways provides a range of short and medium-haul air services
from its hubs at Zurich Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. The carrier deploys its
16 Embraer E-Jet aircraft (eight E190-E2s, four E195-E2s and four E190-E1s) on scheduled,
charter and wet-lease flights. Eight Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E1s and -E2s are currently
operated on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines under a long-term wet-lease agreement.
The Helvetic Airways workforce numbers some 400 employees. The company has its own
maintenance hangar and operation at Zurich Airport, which is also home to its corporate head
Helvetic Airways has been working closely with Horizon Swiss Flight Academy AG
(www.horizon-sfa.ch), based in Kloten, Switzerland, since 2008. Both companies are part of the
Helvetic Airways Group, which is domiciled in Freienbach, Switzerland.
Embraer is a global aerospace company headquartered in Brazil. It manufactures aircraft for
Commercial and Executive aviation, Defense & Security, and Agricultural customers. The
company also provides after-sales services & support through a worldwide network of whollyowned entities and authorized agents.
Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. On average,
about every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world,
transporting over 145 million passengers a year.
Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats and is the main
exporter of high value-added goods in Brazil. The company maintains industrial units, offices,
service and parts distribution centers across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
About London City Airport
London City Airport is London’s most central airport and is known internationally for its punctuality,
speed of service and award-winning customer experience. Recognising that it has never been more
important for passengers to have confidence when they book, LCY offers safe, careful and speedy
journeys through the UK capital’s best-connected airport. London City Airport has its customers’
well-being at heart and, with its airline partners, provides connectivity to 25 destinations throughout
the UK and Europe.
Contacts for media enquiries:
Director of Corporate Affairs
London City Airport
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Director Corporate Communications
Embraer Commercial Aviation
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