EASA (the European Aviation Safety Agency) has certified Embraer’s E190-E2 for Steep Approach, a requirement to operate at London City Airport (LCY). The airport is located close to London’s global financial district, attracting many business travellers, while also being a key short-haul hub for Londoners heading to destinations in continental Europe. However, the airport has a steep approach and short runway, as well as strict noise regulations, so operating aircraft must meet the relevant regulations.
Embraer says that, in certification testing, EASA figures confirmed the E190-E2 has the lowest noise levels among all new-generation single-aisle aircraft and will be the only jet operating at LCY certified to ICAO’s Chapter 14 regulation. The aircraft’s wings, engines, and systems make the E190-E2 aircraft “significantly quieter” than the previous E190, a noise footprint at takeoff 63% smaller than current E190s operating from LCY.
The steep approach certification, which enables increased descent angles of up to 5.5°, reduces noise pollution for the surrounding communities. The system is enabled using a software upgrade and the installation of a corresponding ‘Steep Approach’ switch on the cockpit control panel. Due to the cockpit commonality between the E190 and the E190-E2, pilots already cleared for LCY operation need no simulator-based training to use the steep approach function.
Alison FitzGerald, Chief Operating Officer, London City Airport, said, “Our investment in eight new Code-C aircraft stands was made with this aircraft in mind. And it’s a game changer for London City as it will be able to handle more passengers, offer an expanded range, and do all of this whilst being quieter and more fuel efficient. For us, it represents another milestone in more sustainable aviation and I look forward to seeing more of these aircraft across our ramp in the years to come.”
Cesar Pereira, Vice President EMEA, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said, “Embraer aircraft represent 70% of aircraft movements at this iconic airport, in the heart of one of the world’s greatest cities. This is a source of great pride for Embraer, London City feels like home. We look forward to E190-E2s joining the Embraer jets already flying from London City with British Airways City Flyer, KLM Cityhopper, LOT, Alitalia, and Portugalia.”
The E190-E2 is also 17% more efficient than its predecessor in terms of fuel burn and emissions, while at the same time offering a much greater range – its range from LCY has nearly doubled, with the E190-E2 able to over 4,000km, opening up destinations such as Istanbul, Casablanca, and Moscow for operators.