Brazilian manufacturer Embraer has announced orders and commitments from two existing customers for eight more examples of its current E-Jets family, as well as revealing a new E-Jets operator.
In deals announced on July 15, the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2014, Embraer said the two existing customers had ordered five and signed commitments for three E-Jets.
In one deal, Japan’s Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) announced it had placed a firm order of three more Embraer 175 jets and had taken options on three more.
The manufacturer values FDA’s total potential order of six Embraer 175s at $258.6 million, based on 2014 list prices. Embraer had already included this order in its 2014 second-quarter backlog as being from an undisclosed customer.
Fuji Dream Airlines currently has three Embraer 170 jets and five Embraer 175s in its all-E-Jets fleet.
“Embraer’s E-Jets tick all the right boxes that have been crucial to the success of Fuji Dream Airlines ‒ efficiency, performance, exceptional economics and solid customer support that is second to none,” says Yohei Suzuki, CEO and chairman of Fuji Dream Airlines.
“These technologically-advanced jets have proven themselves over the years and we are confident of its capability to help us profitably expand our network and enhance our frequency,” adds Suzuki. “The additions to our fleet will provide our customers greater flexibility and choices, as well as the superior comfort they have enjoyed on the E-Jets.”
FDA will configure its newly ordered Embraer 175s in a single-class layout containing 84 seats. Each aircraft will be equipped with an autoland system, allowing it to perform Category III approaches and landings in limited visual conditions.
The airline’s new Embraer 175s will also feature recent aerodynamic enhancements introduced by Embraer, such as new winglet and other technical improvements that reduce fuel burn.
In addition to the new order, FDA and Embraer have also signed an extension of the spares pool program covering its E-Jets fleet, the extension including the newly ordered aircraft. The program covers advance exchange and repair management for more than 300 important parts.
Created in 2007, FDA started operations with two Embraer 170s. Over the past five years, its all-Embraer fleet has quadrupled. FDA’s fleet is instantly recognizable by its brightly colored aircraft, some of which are predominantly painted green, pink, yellow or purple.
With aircraft based in Nagoya and Shizuoka, FDA links 12 secondary cities in Japan where demand is growing, such as Fukuoka, Sapporo and Hanamaki.
Operating almost 50 flights a day, the airline has carried over 2.4 million passengers to date. FDA is part of the Suzuyo Group, which owns a full-flight simulator to provide pilot and fleet engineering training for its staff.
On July 15 Embraer also announced that Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), the national carrier of Azerbaijan, had signed a firm order for two additional Embraer 190 jets.
The aircraft will be deployed on the carrier’s international network from Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport (IATA code GYD). With this order, AZAL will be operating six Embraer 190 aircraft and two Embraer 170s.
Embraer values the AZAL order at $95.4 million, at list prices. The manufacturer included the order in its 2014 second-quarter backlog as being an undisclosed customer.
AZAL’s new Embraer 190s will be configured in a two-class layout and will fly from Baku to European destinations such as Prague, Milan and Rome.
“These additional E190s are the latest step in our renewal plan to replace turboprops and narrow-bodies on a number of routes within our schedules,” says Jahangir Askerov, president and chairman of the board of Azerbaijan Airlines CJSC. “We have received excellent feedback from our passengers who fly the E190s.
Adds Askerov: “In addition the aircraft offers excellent operating economics and provides us with the opportunity to open up new routes to European destinations.”
Azerbaijan Airlines (Azərbaycan Hava Yolları in Azeri) is part of the Azerbaijan Hava Yollari Closed Joint Stock Company, the largest airline of the Caucasus region and the country’s national flag carrier.
Headquartered in Baku, it is a member of the International Air Transport Association. Azerbaijan Hava Yollari operates passenger flights to Europe, the CIS, the Middle East and Asia. The airline plans to expand its network with regular flights to destinations in North America and Southeast Asia using widebody aircraft.
In other Embraer E-Jets news announced at Farnborough, Embraer reveals that Royal Air Maroc (RAM), the national carrier of Morocco, has decided to introduce the Embraer 190 as part of a fleet upgrade to open new routes and to increase the number of short-haul and medium-haul flights it operates from its hub at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport.
Royal Air Maroc has signed a lease agreement for four E-Jets with Aldus Aviation Limited, an Ireland-based specialist E-Jet lessor. RAM expects its first Embraer 190 to be delivered during the second half of this year.
The airline will configure its Embraer 190s in a two-class layout containing 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats. It will operate them on European and West African routes from its Casablanca hub.
Royal Air Maroc’s aircraft will join a fleet of approximately 70 E-Jets already in operation within Africa and the Middle East with Egyptair Express, Kenya Airways, LAM Mozambique, Oman Air, Petro Air, Royal Jordanian, the Royal Omani Police, Saudi Arabia Airlines, and Saudi Aramco.
“While testing the aircraft on wet lease during the summer 2013 we became convinced that the E190’s reliability and low operating costs will help Royal Air Maroc open new routes and increase frequencies to Europe and African cities,” says Driss Benhima, CEO of Royal Air Maroc. “The aircraft perfectly matches our needs in terms of size and range without any compromise on comfort or baggage capacity.”
“We are delighted to welcome Royal Air Maroc as a new client,” says Phil Bolger, chairman of Aldus. “These are four aircraft from our 20 E-Jets order and we’re looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with this flagship African carrier.”