Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2 aircraft to Croatia Airlines and other airlines in the…

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2 aircraft to Croatia Airlines and other airlines in the country. Embraer’s visit to Croatia comes just four weeks after Airbus came to Zagreb to pitch the A220 to Croatia Airlines.

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2. Photo: Embraer

Embraer pitches the E2 in Croatia

Embraer visited Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The purpose of the visit was to showcase the E2 aircraft.

The primary audience for Embraer’s event was Croatia Airlines, the flag carrier of Croatia that is looking to start replacing its entire fleet within the next four years. The airline’s CEO, Jasmin Bajić, was at the event in person.

However, the event was also attended by other regional airlines. For example, the startup flag carrier of Montenegro, Air Montenegro, was also there, as was another Croatian airline called Trade Air. Air Montenegro already operates a fleet of only Embraer aircraft.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
The demo flight was performed by a brand new E195-E2 provided by Helvetic Airways. Photo: Embraer

On the first day of this two-day event, Embraer held a static display for the technical teams of the airlines in attendance.

On the second day, on Thursday, there was a demo flight for the airline executives and for the media. The demo flight was done by a brand new Helvetic Airways E195-E2.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
Airlines from Croatia and the region were on the demo flight. Photo: Embraer

The E2 is a great fit for Croatia Airlines

The E2’s range and capacity, but also the list price, make this aircraft type a good fit for Croatia Airlines.

The E195-E2, for example, can be configured in a two-class configuration of 120 seats: 12 staggered business class seats with a 52-inch seat pitch and 108 economy class seats with a 31-inch seat pitch.

The Airbus A220, in contrast, is larger. Croatia Airlines does not see enough demand on its regional routes to match the capacity of the A220. This is especially true outside of the peak summer months.

Routes like Zagreb-Zadar, Zagreb-Brač, Pula-Zagreb, Split-Lyon, Osijek-Split, Munich-Osijek, Dubrovnik-Osijek, Dubrovnik-Zurich, and Rijeka-Munich almost never sell out at the moment, and they are currently operated by Dash 8 aircraft. Croatia Airlines’ Dash 8-400 is much smaller than its Airbus A220 would be.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
The capacity that the E2 provides is a suitable fit for Croatia Airlines. Photo: Embraer

With a range of 2,600 miles (4,815 km), the E195-E2 can fly to the entire current route network of Croatia Airlines, but it also allows for new route launches to destinations that Croatia Airlines does not serve because the Airbus A320 family fleet provides too much capacity and the Dash 8 fleet provides insufficient range.

Out of Zagreb, the E195 can get as far as Reykjavík, Kuwait City, Tel Aviv, and Helsinki. It can also reach cities that Croatia Airlines used to fly to, like Lisbon, Moscow, and Madrid, but which were not profitable to serve with the A320 family fleet.

Even the smallest 90-seat Embraer E175-E2 aircraft can operate Croatia Airlines’ existing routes like Zagreb-Dublin and the historical ones like Zagreb-Lisbon and Zagreb-Tel Aviv. With an aircraft like the E2, Croatia Airlines could regain some of the market share that it lost over the last decade.

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US Confirms It Will Open To Europe On November 8th

The United States will lift its travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals on November 8, opening land borders and air travel for millions of people. The airlines on both sides of the Atlantic are already celebrating the announcement.

The US will open up its borders for foreign-vaccinated travelers on November 8. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

November 8, the new date

The White House announced on Friday it will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective November 8, Reuters reported today. While the US Government had previously announced it would allow entrance to foreign vaccinated travelers in November, it hadn’t set a date.

On this date, the United States will admit fully vaccinated foreign air travelers from the Schengen countries in Europe, as well as Britain, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil. Currently, the US is barring entrance to foreign citizens who have been in those countries within the past 14 days.

Nevertheless, fully vaccinated travelers will continue to be required to show a pre-departure negative test taken within three days of travel prior to boarding. They will also have to provide proof of their vaccination status.

US Confirms It Will Open To Europe On November 8th
European airlines are celebrating the news. Virgin Atlantic posted this photo following the announcement. Photo: Virgin Atlantic.

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How are the airlines reacting?

The airlines in the United States and Europe are understandingly happy with today’s announcement. It is a step forward towards exiting the COVID-19 crisis.

Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic’s CEO, commented in a statement,

“The US Government’s confirmation that fully vaccinated UK visitors will be able to enter the US from 8 November is welcome news and finally allows consumers and businesses to book travel with confidence. The US has been our heartland for more than 37 years, and we are simply not Virgin without the Atlantic. We’ve been steadily ramping up flying to destinations such as New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and we can’t wait to fly our customers safely to their favorite US cities, on holiday, or to reconnect with friends, loved ones, and colleagues.

“As the UK forges its recovery from the pandemic, the reopening of the transatlantic corridor and the lifting of Presidential Order 212F acknowledge the great progress both nations have made in rolling out successful vaccine programs. The UK will now be able to strengthen ties with our most important economic partner, the US, boosting trade and tourism as well as reuniting friends, families, and business colleagues.”

British Airways Chairman and CEO Sean Doyle said that it has been nearly 600 days since the introduction of the US travel ban. Now, we’ve come to a pivotal moment for the entire travel industry, and finally, there’s some certainty desperately needed.

“We can’t wait to welcome our customers back onboard and reconnect friends and families across the Atlantic, rebuild US-UK business relationships and reclaim Britain’s position as a leader on the global stage,” he added.

US Confirms It Will Open To Europe On November 8th
United Airlines is currently the leading operator between US and Europe. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Current impact in the transatlantic market

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted international long-haul travel worldwide. Since March 2020, the US Government imposed some heavy travel restrictions, which led to dismal demand levels in the transatlantic market.

Slowly but surely, demand has been picking up. Now, it will definitely bounce back a bit faster following today’s announcement.

As of October 2021, US and European carriers are offering 14,042 monthly flights between both continents. They have 3.8 million seats available. Those numbers are 51.7% and 52.3% below 2019 levels, according to Cirium.

United Airlines is the biggest transatlantic operator at the moment. It has 2,318 scheduled flights in October, 42.6% below its pre-pandemic numbers.

Are you happy about the announcement? Let us know in the comments below. 

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