At the 50th Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport, Embraer has announced four deals for its current E-Jets family.
Two deals, both of which are firm orders, are from existing Embraer E-Jets customers Conviasa of Venezuela and Japan Airlines regional-airline subsidiary J-Air.
Consorcio Venezolano de Industrias Aeronáuticas y Servicios Aéreos, S.A. (Conviasa) has signed a firm order for seven more Embraer 190 jets.
The airline exercised options from its first order in July 2012, which provided for firm orders for six Embraer 190s and options on 14 more.
Conviasa’s firm orders for the Embraer 190 now total 13 aircraft and the carrier still holds options on seven more.
The carrier has taken delivery of its first six Embraer 190s and operates them on regional routes in Venezuela and in the Caribbean. By the end of 2013, the airline will be operating a total of 12 Embraer 190s, each configured with 104 seats in a single cabin class.
Embraer has also announced a firm order from Japan Airlines (JAL) for another four Embraer 170 jets. The firm order is already included in Embraer’s E-Jets order backlog as being for an undisclosed customer.
JAL’s latest Embraer 170 order takes to 15 its total purchase of the type.
As with the previous Embraer 170s ordered by JAL, each of the four newly ordered aircraft will be configured with 76 seats in a single-class layout and will be operated by J-Air, a subsidiary which serves Japan Airlines’ domestic network.
The airline already operates twelve Embraer 170s (including one acquired from a source other than Embraer) and according to the manufacturer J-Air has achieved a dispatch reliability of 99.7 per cent with the type over the last 12 months.
“We are operating approximately 158 flights daily to 27 destinations in 20 cities throughout Japan,” says Tetsuya Onuki, president of J-Air. “Using these additional aircraft, we are able to expand our network to and from Osaka Itami Airport, which is our main base of operations.”
Embraer has also signed an extension of its spares pooling program with JAL to include the additional four aircraft. The program covers more than 300 part numbers for all Embraer 170 jets operated by J-Air.
The manufacturer has also revealed that Air Costa of Vijayawada in India has acquired three E-Jets to launch scheduled regional-airline domestic service.
Air Costa has arranged to lease two Embraer 170s from ECC Leasing, Embraer’s subsidiary leasing company. The start-up carrier has also purchased one new Embraer 190 directly from the manufacturer.
“Embraer has always maintained that the regional aviation market in India has tremendous potential,” says John Slattery, chief commercial officer for Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Our E-Jets are the right-sized aircraft for service between secondary and tertiary markets, which are under-served and, in fact, growing faster than metro markets.”
“Air Costa has chosen E-Jets for their efficiency and reliability. Our plan is to link under-served markets in India with more direct flights,” says Capt. Babu, CEO of Air Costa. “The E170 and E190 are ideal in size and range. We can add frequencies and routes without adding too much capacity, thus serving places with seasonal demand, as well as key secondary and tertiary business centers.”
Air Costa will initially connect cities in southern India such as Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Vijayawada, as well as key secondary cities in the north and northwest of the country.
“Regional services have a lot of potential in India, especially as the economy of South Indian cities is booming,” comments Ramesh Lingamaneni, chairman and managing director of Air Costa. “We are committed to further growth in the Indian market with additions to our fleet and launching new routes over the medium term.”
Meanwhile, a new European carrier, Air Lituanica of Vilnius in Lithuania, has also acquired two Embraer E-Jets, according to the manufacturer.
Air Lituanica will launch scheduled service on June 30 with one Embraer 170 leased from a third party. In July, Air Lituanica will add an Embraer 175, leased from Embraer subsidiary ECC Leasing Company, Ltd.
The carrier’s Embraer 170 and Embraer 175 are respectively configured with 76 and 86 seats in single-class configuration.
According to Embraer, Air Lituanica will deploy the aircraft on planned routes linking Vilnius with Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich and Moscow.
The airline intends to add three to four more aircraft to increase frequencies, with the objective of serving a dozen European routes from Vilnius in three years, according to Embraer.
Air Lituanica joins 11 other airline customers in Northern and Eastern Europe and Central Asia which operate E-Jets.
Air Astana, Air Moldova, Azerbaijan Airlines, Belavia, Bulgaria Air, Estonian Air, Flybe Finland, Flynonstop, LOT Polish Airlines, Montenegro Airlines, and Ukraine International have all added Embraer E-Jets to their fleets.
Since entering revenue service in 2004, Embraer has received orders for more than 1,200 orders E-Jets.
More than 950 E-Jets been delivered since Embraer delivered the first, an Embraer 170, in 2004. Currently, 65 airlines in 47 countries have chosen the 70-to-130-seat E-Jets. Collectively, the E-Jet fleet has now accumulated 10 million flight hours.