KLOTEN, SWITZERLAND — Swiss regional airline, Helvetic Airways, is set to lease an additional two Embraer 190s from TrueNoord.

The jets will be provided under a three-year operating lease agreement with the carrier.

The latest additions will increase Helvetic's fleet to a total of 18 E-Jets, which will comprise six E190s. In addition, Helvetic operates 12 of the revamped E2 family jets, including eight E190-E2s and four E195-E2s.

Helvetic Airways' CEO, Tobias Pogorevc, stated that the new inclusions would allow the airline to maintain a consistent flight schedule even amid the current challenging conditions. The additional aircraft would enable the airline to offer passengers more certainty in planning, backed by a "high level" of reliability and timeliness.

TrueNoord identified the pair of jets as those originally delivered in 2013 to the Belgian airline of the leisure group TUI – registered as OO-JEB and OO-JEM – which have been utilized by the carrier ever since.

Helvetic intends to station the twinjets in Zurich, and apart from deploying them on its regular network, the airline plans to use them for tourist operations and wet-lease capacity.

Pogorevc referred to the E190s as "the perfect addition" to Helvetic's fleet.

Ahmed Ali, TrueNoord's sales manager for Europe, noted that the lessor made the aircraft available in anticipation of the summer peak season, "despite the supply chain and MRO challenges."