English Channel Islands based regional carrier Aurigny Air Services has stepped into the jet age, when it took delivery of its Embraer E195 on 3 July 2014 to increase the capacity of its daily commuter flights between Guernsey and London Gatwick.
The E195 is configured with 122 slim seats in a single-class layout and is the first commercial jet aircraft for the airline. Aurigny will fly up to four daily return flights with the E195 between Guernsey and London Gatwick.
Until now Aurigny operated only turboprop aircraft, comprising of two ATR 72-500s, one ATR 72-200 and six Britten Norman BN2A Mk. III Trislander (15 passengers). Some Aurigny flights are executed by Flybe. The E195 was received less then a year after ordering the aircraft.
Since the E-Jets entered revenue service in 2004, Embraer has received more than 1,475 orders for the aircraft destined for the short- and medium-haul. Today, 65 airlines from 45 countries operate E-Jets. In Europe, 24 airlines have added E-Jets to their fleets.
Source: Embraer / Aurigny