This week Bristol Airport welcomed the first ever arrival of an all new Embraer E190-E2 aircraft with the airline Helvetic Airways. This is the first time the new aircraft type has flown into the South West regional airport.
The aircraft (HB-AZB) was operating a charter flight and spent a few days on the ground before departing back to Bern, Switzerland on 17th November 2021.
The E2 aircraft type first flew on 23rd May 2016 and was certified for commercial flights on 28th February 2018, the aircraft was launched to compete with the Airbus A220 and Boeing 737 Max. The aircraft are powered by Pratt and Whitney 1000G turbofan engines which are larger than previous Embraer 190 models, the landing gear is also slightly taller to make room for the larger engines and the wings are made lighter through use of carbon fibre and aluminium.
Fuel consumption is a big deal for this new E-jet, the Embraer target is 16-24% lower fuel burn through use of more efficient engines and improved aerodynamics. So far 43 aircraft have been delivered of the new type to Helvetic, KLM, Air Astana and Binter Canarias.
Read more about the aircraft type at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embraer_E-Jet_E2_family