Completing the set

Gordon Smith catches up with some of the key players from Embraer and Helvetic Airways, as the Swiss carrier adds the E195-E2 to its fleet

HB-AZI has been spotted in Hamburg, Germany, since joining the Helvetic fleet in late June
The arrival of the E2s has transformed the Swiss carrier's fleet into one of Europe's youngest

Just a couple of years ago, joining a Helvetic Airways service would likely have meant getting on board either a Fokker 100 or Embraer E1 jet. Fast forward to now, and it’s a rather different story. While the pandemic raged across the airline’s core European markets, the Zürich-based carrier was busy overhauling its fleet in the biggest shake-up in the company’s history. It’s farewell to the Dutch examples, and hello to a new generation of regional narrowbody in an all-Brazilian line-up. Complementing a quartet of Embraer E190s are a dozen E2s – comprising both the E190-E2 and E195-E2, with the latter touching down at Helvetic’s base for the first time in late June. The arrival of the largest of the São José dos Campos family of jets marks a major milestone, both for the airline and the manufacturer.

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