Embraer's E2 makes London City debut

The launch of scheduled services by the Brazilian Embraer E190-E2 jet brings high hopes of efficiency gains for London’s most central airport. Andreas Spaeth reports from the first flight

Flight LX 456, operated by Helvetic Airways on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines, was welcomed by a water salute from London City Airport’s fire service
All images London City Airport unless otherwise stated

The magic button on the front instrument console, located between the pilots in the cockpit of the Embraer E190-E2, doesn’t really stick out prominently. It is labelled ‘steep approach’ and it is an essential tool when landing the jet at one of the most challenging major airports in the world. “When I hit the button, it tells the fly-by-wire system that I want to do a steep approach – it wouldn’t be possible otherwise,” Captain Mathias Kohler told Airports of the World in Zurich recently.

He was sitting in the cockpit of HB-AZG (c/n 19020036) while preparing the world’s first revenue flight of an E190-E2 into London City Airport (LCY).

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