An Embraer ERJ-190 passenger jet aircraft with registration ‘PR-ZGQ’ and a customized shark livery landed on Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu in approximately 7:30 PM Local Time today that departed from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad.
Embraer has dispatched this E190-E2 test aircraft to Nepal to perform demonstration flights for its probable customers and allow the engineers, ground crew and aviation expertise to know about the aircraft. The aircraft will stay at the Buddha Air’s closed-door hangar near East Helipad, Tribhuvan International Airport.
Buddha Air is a prime target for Embraer as they operate a fleet of ATRs and are looking forward to expanding their fleet with large commercial jet aircraft soon. Other airlines in Nepal are also planning to expand their flight network in the international market.
Embraer aircraft landed in Nepal to review the analyzing performance data required for Nepalese operators with the demonstration flights and are in talks with them. The ERJ-190 E2 is expected to stay until 08th of October, 2018 as per the airport officials.
Earlier, Buddha Air teams were in discussion with two big jet manufacturer Boeing & Airbus. The airlines were evaluating between American made Boeing B737 Max 8 series aircraft and Airbus A319 aircraft, the European aircraft manufactured jet.
With Boeing and Embraer now in the early stages of a partnership, things could change and they might see a very large spike in regional jet marketing from both sides stated an official related.
The E190/195 models are a larger stretch of the E170/175 models fitted with a new, larger wing, a larger horizontal stabilizer and a new engine, the GE CF34-10E, rated at 18,500 lb (82.30 kN). These aircraft compete with the Bombardier CRJ-1000 and Airbus A220-100, the Boeing 717-200 and 737-600, and the Airbus A318. It can carry up to 100 passengers in a two-class configuration or up to 124 in a single-class high-density configuration.