Aurigny Air Services has taken delivery of an Embraer E-195, which will be used to add capacity on the carrier’s Guernsey-London Gatwick route.

According to Embraer, the E-195 is configured with 122 slim seats in a single-class layout and is the first commercial jet for the airline. Aurigny will fly up to 4X-daily flights with the E-195 between Guernsey and London Gatwick.

State-owned Aurigny, based on the Channel Islands between the UK and France, also operates a single ATR 72-200, two ATR 72-500s and six Britten-Norman Trislanders. The E-195 order, placed in August 2013, was triggered by Flybe’s decision to axe its competing Guernsey-London Gatwick flights.

“The 122-seat configuration is ideal for the Guernsey-Gatwick route. The E-195 will deliver a seat mile cost that makes the aircraft economical to operate even on the short sector, especially when you combine the quick turnaround time and high reliability of the E-Jet,” Embraer Commercial Aviation VP-Europe, Middle East & Africa Mathieu Duquesnoy said.