Embraer’s E190-E2 conducted a demonstration flight in South Korea flying from Gimpo Airport in Seoul to Pohang, over Ulleungdo Island and back. With over 80 guests on board, including sufficient fuel for the subsequent onward flight to Seoul, the E190-E2 conducted a simulated short runway landing at Pohang Airport over a runway distance of 1,066 metres. This outstanding short runway performance capability uniquely positions the E190-E2 as the only narrowbody aircraft that can access a 1,200 metre runway, rain or shine, such as the new Ulleungdo Island Airport which is scheduled for completion by 2025.
In conjunction with the demonstration flight, Embraer, represented by Martyn Holmes, Chief Commercial Officer of Embraer Commercial Aviation, signed an MoU with the Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province Mr Lee Cheol Woo which will promote collaboration across key aviation-related matters in South Korea’s largest province.
The Korean government and the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (MOLIT) share a vision to strengthen provincial connectivity and the Embraer E190-E2 commercial jet has the technical capabilities to support this intra-country connectivity objective: the range to serve routes of up to seven hours, along with the proven capability of short runway performance – enabling jet aircraft access to airports such as Ulleungdo Island.
Star Air starts revenue flights in India
Star Air, an all-Embraer jet operator in India, has commenced revenue flights on its first E175 aircraft. The flight took place on 13 May, with Star Air’s dual-class E175 flying from Bangalore-Hyderabad-Jamnagar-Bangalore. Star Air has leased four E175s and these aircraft will boost the airline’s existing fleet of five ERJ 145s, providing the airline greater flexibility and efficiency as it grows its network. The airline flies to multiple destinations across the country, most of which are part of the UDAN scheme. Interestingly, Star Air is the first airline to offer business class seats on regional routes.
The E175 is Embraer’s best-selling aircraft and one of the most-sold aircraft worldwide. In the United States, the E175 is the market leader in the up to 150-seat jet segment, and the aircraft serves a key role in stimulating the regional aviation sector with outstanding economics and performance capabilities. The E175s add to Star Air’s existing fleet of ERJ145s.