Embraer has delivered the first of at least 20 Embraer 190s to China’s CDB Leasing Co., Ltd. (CLC), at the manufacturer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos in Brazil.
The aircraft will be operated by China Southern Air Holding Xinjiang Company, a branch of China Southern Airlines, which is the largest airline in China and the third in the world in terms of traffic volume. CLC has ordered 20 Embraer 190s and taken options on 10 more, all 30 of which would be for China Southern Airlines.
China Southern’s Embraer 190s will fly in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. According to Embraer, Xinjiang’s civil aviation industry has made significant progress in recent years and is now one of China’s most developed regions in terms of regional route networks.
Embraer says that, as the Chinese Central Government furthers economic development in western China, the rapid development of the Xinjiang regional economy requires its air transport industry to enter a new phase. Based on the current plan, another six Embraer 190s will be delivered by the end of this year, all of which will be put into service in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The aircraft will assist China Southern to build a hub-and-spoke network with convenient, high-frequency schedules, which will help accelerate the establishment of Xinjiang’s Urumqi as a hub airport in western China.
“We are very glad to take delivery of our first Embraer 190. The introduction of these aircraft will further consolidate our company’s partnership with Embraer and China Southern Airlines,” says Yu Shunming, president of CDB Leasing. “The jet’s reliable performance has been proven by worldwide operators. We believe that the Embraer 190 will contribute to the market development of China Southern Airlines and the development of China’s regional aviation.”
According to Embraer, the initiative to introduce the Embraer 190 not only demonstrates China Southern Airlines’ response to the Chinese government’s call to assist Xinjiang in facilitating its civil aviation and economic development, but also raises the company’s profile by reinforcing its presence in northwestern China. Embraer believes the aircraft’s range capability meets the needs for developing air transport in Xinjiang, a region with unique geographical characteristics.
The Embraer 190 went into operation in the Chinese market in 2008. Today, around 40 of the jets are in service with Chinese airlines. Its range (4,450 kilometers or 2,400 nautical miles) gives the aircraft the ability to operate on routes with over 5.5 hours of nonstop flight time. Embraer says airlines can use the jet in parallel with larger mainline aircraft to manage changes in seasonal and time-of-day passenger demand to optimize its fleet capacity, to right size fleets, to develop new routes with lower risk or to replace older aircraft.
As the third of four members of Embraer’s E-Jet family, the Embraer 190 can seat up to 114 passengers in a four-abreast (2×2) cabin lay-out. The E-Jets family has registered more than 1,000 firm orders from 60 airlines in 40 countries, and more than 750 E-Jets are now in operation worldwide.