Helvetic Airways (2L, Zurich) has firmed an order for twelve E190-E2s originally announced as a letter of intent by Embraer (EMB, Sao Jose dos Campos) and the Swiss regional carrier during this year's Farnborough International Airshow.

The initial twelve 110-seat aircraft will be owned by Patinex AG, the investment vehicle of Helvetic owners Martin and Rosmarie Ebner, and will replace Helvetic's current fleet of five Fokker 100s and seven E190s with deliveries scheduled between September 2019 and June 2021. Three aircraft are due in 2019, four in 2020 and five in 2021. As already announced in Farnborough, Helvetic also has purchase options for twelve additional aircraft with the option to pick either EMB-190 E2 or E195-E2 variants.

Helvetic currently operates the vast majority of its capacity on behalf of Swiss (LX, Zurich) with two Fokker 100s currently operated for Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l). It also operates seasonal scheduled flights on a leisure focused network in cooperation with tour operators.