The aircraft, under the command of Cobham’s Head of Training and Check, Wayne Ovens and Captain Rob Carratello, touched down in Perth this afternoon after a delivery flight from Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States via Los Angeles, Hilo in Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Cairns and Alice Springs.
The aircraft’s arrival means the twin-engine E190 joins the Cobham group’s family of jets, all of which are customised to meet our client’s needs, with each offering between 71 and 125 seats.
Captain Wayne Ovens, Captain Rob Carratello, Captain John Krepp and Engineer, Luke Pedder, in front of the Embraer E190 which arrived in Perth on 17th May 2019.
The E190 also provides a new level of passenger comfort with more cabin space, a wider aisle and a 2 x 2 configuration which guarantees either an aisle or window seat, plus enhanced catering and in-flight entertainment options.
“This aircraft is a high performance platform which provides our customers with greater reliability and a significantly enhanced passenger experience,” said Ryan Both, the Chief Executive Officer of Cobham Aviation Services.
The aircraft offers substantially better operational performance than other types servicing the resources sector – like the Fokker 100 – as it’s faster, flies higher and has better fuel economy.
This reduces the need for additional fuel uplift in regional and remote locations and also cuts CO2 emissions by up to 15 per cent per trip compared to older generation aircraft.
From next Monday (May 20) the 98-seat regional jet will be deployed between Perth and Barrow Island seven times a week ferrying oil and gas workers in and out of Chevron Australia’s operations and projects in Western Australia.
The Embraer will also operate two return flights a week for Minara Resources to continue providing fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) services to its Murrin Murrin site.
Cobham Aviation Services continues to identify both growth opportunities and the additional aircraft which will be required to meet its future fleet requirements.
In the coming months it will take delivery of a new Bombardier Q400 to further bolster its FIFO capabilities.