With the E2, Embraer is making a big bet. To grow sales much beyond what it is currently used to, Embraer is targeting mainline carriers that see the sense in operating a smaller aircraft on thinner routes or at off-peak times. Ironically, the E2’s first operator, Wideroe of Norway, plans to use the aircraft for exactly the opposite purpose: operating a larger aircraft, which is also its first jet. Wideroe, though not widely known, is one of the oldest airlines in the world, having ...

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