"Pilots take no special joy in walking. Pilots like flying." - Neil Armstrong
Helvetic Airways: the first E2 operator into London City
Written by: Ivo Gračanin.
2.9.2021. at 5:49 pm, an Embraer E190-E2 made its first commercial flight into the iconic airport in the centre of the British political and financial capital. The Helvetic Airways aircraft, registered HB-AZG, flew from Zurich to London in 1 hour 20 minutes, also re-establishing an essential link for the global financial community.
Flight LX 464, 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. On board the sold-out flight were 110 passengers, including representatives of the international media, business travellers and those visiting friends and family.
With LCY’s runway length of only 1,508 metres and descent angles of up to 5.5 degrees, the Embraer E190-E2 is particularly suitable for operations at the legendary Thames-side airport.
It should be noted that Embraer aircraft account for nearly 90% of all movements at London City Airport. At the same time, the E190-E2 almost doubles the available range from the airport to more than 4,000 kilometres, bringing destinations such as Istanbul, Casablanca and Moscow within reach for the first time.