Widerøe is proud to be selected global launch customer for the newly developed Embraer flagship, the E-Jet E2. December 2016 Widerøe signed an agreement for the delivery of three E190-E2, and an option for additional 12 aircrafts. It is a massive accreditation of Widerøe to be selected the very first airline to put this brand new aircraft into service, and a big leap in Widerøe’s long history of turboprop operations. The first aircraft is to be delivered March 2018.
Increased taxation of the aviation industry and a market in decline has forced Widerøe to reduce production by two aircraft. As a result of this, the Stavanger-Newcastle route will be discontinued, and capacity between Stavanger and Aberdeen will be reduced by 6%. Widerøe will also discontinue two domestic routes and reduce capacity on a number of routes in Norway.