From Swiss Luxury Watches to Swiss Luxury Aviation.
Our journey starts three hours away from the capital city of Swiss luxury watchmaking “Geneva” to take us to the financial capital of Switzerland, Zurich. We arrive early in the morning in Switzerland largest airport, “Zurich International Airport” for the unveiling of the brand new “Embraer E190-E2” acquired by Helvetic Airways.
Helvetic Airways in a nutshell
Helvetic Airways has been providing to their happy customers a range of short and medium-haul flights across Europe with their base in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition to its own scheduled flights, the airline uses its aircraft fleet for charter services and ‘wet leases’ under which it provides both the aircraft and its crew. Up to ten Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E1s are operated on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines under a long-term wet-lease agreement. The Helvetic Airways workforce numbers some 450 employees.
A vision of the Future of Helvetic airways
With Helvetic Airways brand new acquisitions of twelve Embraer E190- E2 this Zurich based aircraft company are leading the way for a new era in commercial aviation.
We were honoured to be able to interview “Martin Ebner” Owner of Helvetic Airways and Helvetic Airways CEO Tobias Pogorevc. They both took the time out of their busy schedule to talk to us about this celebratory moment in the company history and share more insight into the future of this one of a kind aviation company.
Interview with Martin Ebner – Owner of Helvetic Airways
Interview with Tobias Pogorevc – CEO of Helvetic Airways.
A New Era in aviation
Helping the environment
The Helvetic Airways brand new Embraer E190- E2 significantly reduces carbon emissions and its impacts on the environment by improving it’s kerosene credentials with an impressive reduction in fuel consumption per seat of up to 17.3%. Which in turns reduces carbon emissions to almost 3,600 tonnes a year.
Passenger comfort onboard has also been enhanced. The cabin, which has no middle seats, has been red signed to create an interior that is more comfortable and offers more space and light and also offering a much quieter experience for the pleasure of the passengers.
First commercial flight
The new Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E2 will be deployed primarily to serve destinations within Europe on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines. HB-AZA will make its first commercial flight tomorrow (Friday 1 November), to Bremen in Germany.
Twelve orders, twelve options
Helvetic Airways announced its order of twelve E190-E2 aircraft from manufacturer Embraer, along with purchase rights for a further 12 aircraft, in July 2018. If all the options are exercised, the total transaction is worth almost USD 1.5 billion at list prices.
Following the arrival of the first Helvetic Airways Embraer E190-E2, registration HB-AZA, further new aircraft will join the fleet as deliveries continue, consolidating the company as a primary provider of European regional air services.
Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher
Produced by Alberic Virchaux
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