Guernsey-based regional carrier Aurigny Air Services has taken delivery of an Embraer 195 jet.
The airline will use the Embraer 195, its first jet airliner, to add capacity on its flagship route linking the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands with London Gatwick Airport.
Aurigny Air Services’ Embraer 195 is configured with 122 slimline seats in a single-class layout.
The regional airline will fly up to four daily round-trips with the Embraer 195 between Guernsey Airport and London Gatwick Airport.
“The 122-seat configuration is ideal for the Guernsey-Gatwick route. The E195 will deliver a seat mile cost that makes the aircraft economical to operate even on the short sector, especially when you combine the quick turnaround time and high reliability of the E-Jet,” says Mathieu Duquesnoy, Embraer Commercial Aviation’s vice president for Europe, Middle East & Africa.
“We welcome this E195, our first jet aircraft, as a catalyst to support our company’s strategic development plan, which will allow us to better match capacity to demand on our flagship route,” says Mark Darby, CEO of Aurigny Air Services. “The aircraft’s seating capacity perfectly complements our turboprop fleet and enables us to offer enhanced passenger comfort.”
Since the first Embraer E-Jet entered revenue service in 2004, Embraer has received orders for more than 1,475 E-Jets.
Today, 65 airlines from 45 countries operate Embraer E-Jets. In Europe, 24 airlines have E-Jets in their fleets.
Aurigny Air Services began operations in 1968, operating piston-powered Britten-Norman BN2A Islander and Trislander utility aircraft. More recently, the carrier has operated (and continues to operate) ATR 72 turboprop regional airliners.
Based in Guernsey, Aurigny is the only regional airline based in the Channel Islands. In addition toserving Guernsey, it operates passenger and freight flights to the Channel Islands airports of Jersey and Alderney, as well as routes to destinations in western France such as Dinard.
Today, Aurigny employs around 290 staff throughout the Channel Islands, UK and France. Aurigny carried its nine millionth passenger early this year.