Showing posts with label Helvectic Airways. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Helvectic Airways. Show all posts

03 September, 2021

Zurich is open for business......

With the news that Switzerland has moved to the UK's Green List, what better time to see the return of Swiss Air Lines to London City Airport for four weekly flights to Zรผrich. 

Set alongside a stunning lake and framed by alpine mountains, Zรผrich is a seamless blend of the indoor and outdoor. Stroll around the Old Town, explore the Viadukt and then take a dip in a ‘badi’ or open-air swimming pool, as loved by locals.

For the best views, hop on a train and head towards the mountains, or for the high life of a different kind, take a stroll down Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world’s most expensive shopping streets.  Zรผrich also loves to party, with an exciting network of bars and clubs open into the small hours and beyond.

Yesterday evening, Thursday 2 September 2021, saw an important debut for city centre airport, as at 1749, an Embraer E190-E2 made its first commercial flight there, The Helvetic Airways aircraft, registered HB-AZG, flew from Zurich to London in 1 hour 20 minutes. 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. Onboard the sold-out flight were 110 passengers, including representatives of the international media, business travellers and those visiting friends and family.

London City Airport 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 COVID-19."

15 July, 2020

Helvetic Airways changes Embraer order

Helvetic order upgraded from E190-E2 to E195-E2 model
Helvetic Airways has signed a commitment with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to convert four of their remaining firm orders to the larger E195-E2 aircraft. The original order, for 12 E190-E2s with purchase rights for a further 12, and conversion rights to E195-E2, was announced in September 2018. Embraer has so far delivered five E190-E2s to Helvetic Airways, and all deliveries of the remaining seven aircraft, including the four E195-E2s, will be completed before the end of 2021, with the majority in the first half of 2021.

The remaining firm order for the seven aircraft to be delivered has a value of USD 480 million, based on current list prices. With all the purchase rights being exercised, the deal has a list price of USD 1.25 billion.

17 June, 2019

Helvectic Airways says goodbye to its last Fokker 100

On Friday 14th June an era came to an end for the small Swiss regional airline, Helvetic, as it said goodbye to its final Fokker F100 aircraft.

The airline has been flying the lovely Fokker's since 2003 on a number of European routes, mainly from its Zurich base.  The airline is transitioning its fleet to the more modern and fuel-efficient Embraer aircraft. 

Farewell Fokker. 

(Images Helvetic Airways) 

26 September, 2018

Helvectic sign deal for 12 new Embraer E190-E2 aircraft.

Helvetic Airways has signed a contract with Embraer for 12 E190-E2 jets it was confirmed on Wednesday, although was previously disclosed during the Farnborough Air Show, in July.

Back at the air show, the two parties signed a letter of intent (LoI) but the deal has now been confirmed, which is said to be worth USD 730 million at list prices. The contract also includes purchase rights for a further 12 E190-E2, with conversion rights to the E195-E2, bringing the total potential order up to 24 E-Jets E2s. If all the purchase rights are exercised, the deal would have a list price of USD 1.5 billion.

The announcement was made by the two companies during the Zurich debut of the E190-E2, the world’s most efficient and quietest single-aisle aircraft, as part of its tour of Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The first 12 E190-E2 aircraft will begin replacing Helvetic’s five Fokker 100s and seven E190s, starting in late 2019 and completing in autumn 2021. The purchase options for a further 12 aircraft (E190-E2 or E195-E2) will enable Helvetic Airways to grow according to market opportunities.

(Image rendering Embraer)