Air Europa Will Return To Miami And New York Next Month

Spanish airline Air Europa is all set to resume operations to both Miami and New York next month.…

Air Europa Will Return To Miami And New York Next Month

Spanish airline Air Europa is all set to resume operations to both Miami and New York next month. Flights to Miami are scheduled to restart from June 12th, while flights to New York will resume two weeks later, on June 25th. A Boeing 787 Dreamliner will operate both routes.

Air Europa will resume flights to Miami and New York next month. Photo: Air Europa

As travel restrictions around the world loosen, we are seeing more and more routes reopen to regular commercial services. The latest to confirm the resumption of routes is Air Europa. The low-cost Spanish carrier is resuming routes from its Madrid base to two US destinations.

The first to resume will be flights to Miami operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from June 12th onwards. Shortly after, on June 25th, the airline will also resume operations to New York on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Both routes will be operated by the airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which reduces fuel consumption, carbon emissions and even cuts around 45 minutes off the flight time.

Other US destinations

Although the airline has only just announced the resumption of flights to Miami and New York, you can book flights to the more US on its website. The airline, based in Mallorca, advertises destinations in the US including, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington.

Miami is one of Air Europas’s only direct US destinations. Other US airports are served by codesharing partners. Photo: Miami International Airport

However, other airlines operate most of these flights thanks to codesharing agreements. Air Europa is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and has additional codesharing agreements with Etihad, Ethiopian, Air Serbia, and Turkish Airlines.

Not all of the routes to the US are currently operating due to low demand and travel restrictions. However, Air Europa clearly believes there is enough demand to restart transatlantic flights. Although some restrictions are still in place, global travel demand does appear to be increasing as the summer season approaches.

Steps to encourage passengers

Just as the airline is looking to increase connections to the US, it is also hoping to encourage people to feel comfortable traveling. Air Europa is working with Amadeus to launch a new digital feature called Traveler ID.

The in-app and online technology will allow travelers to check, track and record health documents. As entry requirements change, many people are unsure what documents they need to enter a country safely. This is even more prevalent as countries introduce loopholes to avoid quarantining.

Air Europa is hoping its partnership with Amadeus will encourage more people to travel with confidence. Photo: Getty Images

Passengers traveling on Air Europa will be able to scan, upload, and present health documents during their trip. This ensures they are up to date with government requirements at all times. In a statement, Air Europa commented,

“Offering our passengers a connected and digital solution to facilitate their trip and instill the necessary peace of mind and confidence when getting on the plane is a priority for us. Thanks to Amadeus, Air Europa customers can now digitally comply with health regulations and can demonstrate this at any time during the trip”

Although the new tech isn’t available yet, it might be ready by the time direct flights to the US resume.

Would you be comfortable heading across the Atlantic just yet? Or would you prefer to stay closer to home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Why Each Model Of The Embraer E2 Series Has Its Own Wing Design

When Embraer redesigned the E-Jet family, it wanted to create the very best regional jet it could possibly…

Why Each Model Of The Embraer E2 Series Has Its Own Wing Design

When Embraer redesigned the E-Jet family, it wanted to create the very best regional jet it could possibly engineer. No stone was left unturned in its mission to make the E2s quieter and more efficient than any competitor. One key element to achieving that goal was a redesign of the wing, and a bespoke wing for every member of the E2 family.

The E2 family has had many improvements, including an all-new wing. Photo: Getty Images

A new wing

A whole lot changed in the process of evolving the popular E-Jets into the new E2 line of aircraft. With a focus on fuel efficiency and noise reduction, Embraer redesigned everything from the tail to the body and, of course, the wings.

Speaking exclusively to Simple Flying, Luis Carlos Affonso, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Technology and Corporate Strategy at Embraer, told us how crucial these new wings are to the success of the E2. He said,

“The E2 has a new wing with the biggest aspect ratio in the industry. It has the longest wings for this size of airplane. This means it is the most efficient wing; the one that that will produce the lowest drag, and drag is inefficiency and noise.”

Embraer E195-E2
The E2 has one of the biggest wing aspect ratios in the industry. Photo: Getty Images

For an Embraer fan, the new wing is relatively easy to spot. The enclosed slats and flaps help drive down inefficiency and noise, and the wingspan is visibly larger – 115 ft 2 in (35.124 m) on the E195-E2 compared to 94 ft 3in (28.72 m) on the E195. What’s not so easy to notice is that every member of the E2 family has its very own, bespoke wing.

A different wing for every aircraft

For most aircraft families, wings are standard across the aircraft type. The Airbus A320neo family, for example, uses the same wing across all aircraft types – the A319neo, the A320neo and the A321neo all have a wingspan of 117 ft 5 in (35.8 m). That’s the same wing used on the A320ceo too, with only the ‘Baby Bus’ A318 having a different, slightly smaller wingspan.

But for Embraer, it was important to design the most efficient wing for each member of the E2 family, and that meant a bespoke wing design for each different aircraft. Affonso explained,

“In the E2 family, we have three different wings. We have these bespoke wings for each size of aircraft. They are specifically designed for the aircraft and its weight, so it is the best weight you can get and the best fuel consumption you can get for that type.

“We had to invest more in the airplane, of course. We had to put in more engineering hours,  do more wind tunnel tests and more flight tests, so there were more recurring costs for us. But we have very efficient, integrated product development teams and processes at Embraer, so we decided to do that.”

Embraer E2 family
Each member of the family has its own, bespoke-designed wing. Photo: Embraer

The Goldilocks zone

The reason Embraer decided to incur all these costs and extra hassles was because it wanted to create the very best product it could. Affonso explained the hazard that comes with not having the very best wing for the aircraft it is flying with, saying,

“If you go for one wing [across an aircraft family], you typically end up with an intermediate wing. It will be a bit too small for one airplane and a bit too big for another. We didn’t want to compromise. We went for the optimum wing. This means we don’t have more weight than is needed, and that makes our aircraft more efficient.”

By creating the perfect wing for each aircraft, Embraer has made every plane as efficient as it can possibly be. Photo: Embraer

This ‘Goldilocks zone’ mentality filters through to other elements of the E2 design. While the Embraer jets often take shade from the Airbus A220, due to the A220s superior range, Affonso said that the choice of not making the aircraft too rangy was a deliberate one.

“We don’t have more range than is needed. These airplanes are not used for 3,000 plus nautical mile flights. If you try to get too much range, then you need a big engine, big wings. And then you pay the cost in weight and efficiency. So we’ve really tried to optimize for the market we want to serve.”

The E2 was designed for regional routes, not for medium-haul operations. While the A220 has found a niche in some longer, thinner routes, that’s not the market that the Embraer jets were designed to cater for. The end result is an aircraft that delivers better than expected efficiency, super quiet flight and a cost-effective solution for regional airline operators.

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