You Can Soon Fly Embraer’s New E190-E2 in a Remote Archipelago

Dec 20, 2018

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The E190-E2 is one of the newest aircraft on the planet at the moment. Embraer has been widely promoting the new aircraft, dubbed the “Profit Hunter,” and it’s been making news along the way —from its first public showing to its recent first delivery to Widerøe.

Embraer announced this week that it’s inked a deal with Air Kiribati. The deal is for two of the newest Embraer aircraft with an option to take delivery of two more.

Air Kiribati is the national airline of the Republic of Kiribati, located in the Central Pacific. The range of the new E190-E2 means that it can cover the entirety of the island chain. It also means it can take on the currently challenging route from the capital city of Tarawa to Kiritimati, otherwise known as Christmas Island. For those wanting to make the trip, it currently requires an international connection in Fiji.

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Widerøe’s E190-E2. (Photo by Emily McNutt / The Points Guy)

With Air Kiribati scheduled to take delivery of its newly purchased planes in 2019, it’s safe to say that it will be among the first operators of the shiny new hardware in the world. If you were looking to log time in the air on one of the world’s newest aircraft and tick a remote Pacific island off your bucket list, this pairing might be right up your alley.

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Widerøe’s E190-E2. (Photo by Emily McNutt / The Points Guy)

Inside the E2, you can expect to find no middle seats. Instead, the cabin is arranged in a 2-2 configuration. As compared to its E1 predecessors, the E2 features overhead bins that are 3 inches deeper, allowing more passengers to store their bags.

Featured image courtesy of Embraer.

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