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The small island airline wants to replace its only Embraer plane with turboprop engines

The small island airline wants to replace its only Embraer plane with turboprop engines

The only Embraer E195 aircraft operating in the UK could soon be taken out of service, after a company on the island of Guernsey, part of the Channel Islands, wanted to scrap the model.

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Aurigny is a British airline flying from the island of Guernsey, or Guernsey, which is located in the English Channel and geographically closer to France than to Brittany itself. Today, the company has two ATR 72 turboprops and a Dornier Do-228, as well as the only UK-registered Embraer E195, with registration number G-NSEY.

The plane is fixed on the road linking the island to London City Airport, in the heart of the British capital, and is dominated by aircraft manufactured by Embraer, which are the only ones that can fly there without restrictions.

But the company wants to stop the plane, which it bought in 2014, to maintain greater operational efficiency. If the E195 had a problem today, they would need two ATRs to replace the flight it would take, putting the airline’s network at risk.

Another point is that today the aircraft is only valid for the London-City route, while ATR is profitable for other destinations such as Paris. According to the newspaper Guersney Pressthe company will maintain its London-Gatwick flights using two ATR turboprop engines that are expected to enter the fleet with the departure of the E195, in which case it will achieve slot Extra in the hotly contested city of London.

The E195-E1’s replacement is the E195-E2, which is today the largest aircraft authorized to fly at London City Airport. But no operator, including Helvetic and KLM, which already has the E2 in its fleet, flies the model to London Central Airport.

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