Embraer has sealed a deal with Norwegian regional airline Widerøe for a Flight Hour Pool Programme for the carrier’s E190-E2 fleet.

The Brazilian airframe manufacturer says this is the first contract of its kind signed for the E2 series, for which Widerøe will be the launch customer for the E190-E2 when its first aircraft of this type takes off in April.

The agreement covers more than 300 key rotable components for the airline’s E190-E2 fleet. It has committed for up to 15 E190-E2s, although only three are firm orders at this point, the others being purchase options. If all 12 are exercised, the total order of 15 would be worth up to US$873 million at list price.

Widerøe is configuring the E190-E2s in a single-class layout with 114 seats. Its CEO, Stein Nilsen, said: “Embraer started to support us the very day we signed the contract, and that support has continued to develop, in partnership with our team, to ensure the smoothest possible entry in service for this fine aircraft that will revolutionise our offering to our customers. Our peers, other airlines and operators, enthusiastically endorse the Embraer Pool Programme, and this was fundamental in our decision to join the programme; it’s the smart choice.”

Johann Bordais, president and CEO at Embraer Service and Support, commented: “This contract reminds me of the first Pool we signed for the E-Jets current generation, 14 years ago. It was for just one aircraft and proved to be the first of many others. Widerøe is once again showing their confidence in Embraer, its products and level of support; something that embeds our responsibility and commitment with the airline even deeper.”

Embraer’s Flight Hour Pool Programme currently supports more than 40 airlines worldwide. The company says it is designed to allow airlines to minimise their upfront investment on expensive repairable inventories and resources, and to take advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and component repair service provider network, resulting in significant savings on repair and inventory carrying costs.

The first flight (LN-WEA) using the E190-E2 is currently scheduled for 24 April between Bergen Airport Flesland and Tromsø Airport Langnes in Norway, before flying again two days later between Bergen and Bodø.