China’s Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines’ owner HNA Group, has signed an order for 20 Embraer 195s and two Embraer 190-E2s.
The contract, which Embraer values at US$1.1 billion at current list prices, makes HNA Tianjin Airlines the first Chinese airline to order aircraft from the Embraer E-Jets E2 family.
Tianjin Airlines’ order represents finalization of the first part of a commitment it signed for 40 Embraer E-Jets, which Embraer and HNA Group subsidiary carrier announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Brazil in July 2014.
The commitment included 18 more Embraer 190-E2s, a firm order for which will require approval by the Chinese authorities at a future date.
Tianjin Airlines’ first Embraer 195 will be delivered this year and its first Embraer 190-E2 is scheduled for delivery in 2018.
The carrier’s 22-aircraft firm order will be included in Embraer’s 2015 second-quarter backlog.
Tianjin Airlines already operates the largest fleet of Embraer E-Jets in Asia.
“As the number of passengers is growing in China, these E195s will be very important to support Tianjin Airlines’ strategy to attend this demand,” says Du Xiaoping, chairman of Tianjin Airlines.
“We are very satisfied with the E190s that are currently in operation and are sure that the new airplanes will allow us to achieve our development objectives,” adds Du Xaioping.
Tianjin Airlines was the launch customer for the Embraer 190 in China and now has 50 Embraer 190s in its fleet. It is also the first carrier appointed as an Authorized Service Center for Embraer aircraft in China.
Recently, Tianjin Airlines announced it would install Embraer’s AHEAD-PRO (Aircraft Health Analysis and Diagnosis-Prognosis) maintenance-diagnostic management system in all its 50 E190s, becoming the first user of this system in China.
Embraer’s AHEAD-PRO system automatically transmits alert and maintenance messages from the aircraft to a ground base on a real-time basis.
Tianjin Airlines was launched as a regional airline in China in 2009. In 2010, the carrier changed its focus from purely regional operations to a combination of mainline and regional services.
Its aim is to become a medium-to-large international airline, as it pursues a new “regional aviation and global operations” strategy.
Today, Tianjin Airlines operates a fleet of nearly 90 jets, including 17 Airbus A320s and more than 20 Embraer ERJ-145s in addition to its 50 Embraer 190s.
The carrier serves more than 100 domestic and international cities and carries over 10 million passengers annually.