Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer Embraer has won orders for seven more of its popular E-Jet airliners from two Brazilian airlines, the company announcing the deals on the first day of the Farnborough International Airshow 2010.
Fast-growing domestic carrier Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras has confirmed an order for five more Embraer 195 jets, while TRIP Linhas Aéreas, another Brazilian domestic operator, has ordered two Embraer 190s to add to six Embraer 175s it already has in service.
The total value of the Azul deal at list price is $211 million in January 2010 dollars, according to Embraer. The order was already included in Embraer’s firm-order backlog for the second quarter of 2010 as being from an undisclosed customer.
The five Embraer 195s will be delivered this year and by December Azul will have 26 E-Jets in its all-Embraer fleet, according to the manufacturer. After adding in the 36 aircraft that Azul ordered in March 2008 (five Embraer 190s and 31 Embraer 195s), Azul now has ordered a total of 41 Embraer jets, as well as holding options for another 20 aircraft and purchase rights for 20 more.
“There is no greater sense of satisfaction for a manufacturer than to receive more orders from an important customer,” says Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer’s executive vice president, airline market. “This new order confirms the customer’s confidence in our product. We are building a successful commercial partnership with Azul that I am certain will continue for many years.”
Azul took delivery of its first Embraer aircraft in December 2008. It began operations a few days later from Viracopos Airport (VCP) in the city of Campinas in São Paulo state to Porto Alegre and Salvador. The airline now serves 21 cities in Brazil and continues to expand the number of destinations it serves. It has carried more than three million passengers in about a year and a half of operation. Azul’s investments also include the acquisition of a flight simulator, which is already in use to train the company’s pilots.
“Our customers love the safety, comfort, and reliability of the E-Jets. This additional order is fundamental for accelerating Azul’s growth even more,” says David Neeleman, chairman of Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras. “This contract also strengthens our ties with Embraer and, above all, it is undisputed proof of our belief in stimulating air traffic in Brazil with Azul’s winning formula that allies excellent services with affordable prices.”
The list-price value of the TRIP order for two Embraer 190s is $80 million in January 2010 dollars, according to Embraer. TRIP’s Embraer 190s will be configured with 106 seats.
“We are honored to be a part of the solid growth of TRIP, which is an airline whose work is very important for integrating the commercial aviation system in Brazil,” says de Souza e Silva. “The choice of the Embaer 190, which joins the six Embraer 175s already operated by TRIP, shows, once again, that the E-Jets family, which was designed specifically for the 70-to-120-seat segment, offers the appropriate flexibility, economy, and comfort for efficiently meeting the demands of a diverse range of markets.”
TRIP’s six Embraer 175 jets feature a single-class cabin configuration offering 86 passenger seats. Five of the aircraft come from a purchase contract signed with Embraer in June 2008 that also included options for another 10 aircraft (two of which have now been confirmed as firm orders for Embraer 190s, on July 19) and purchase rights for another 15. TRIP has taken its other Embraer 175 through a lease contract with ECC Leasing, a wholly owned Embraer subsidiary.
“We first chose the Embraer 175 after an extensive technical and economic evaluation,” says José Mário Caprioli, president of TRIP Linhas Aéreas. “Now we are taking another step forward, by choosing the Embraer 190, from the same E-Jets family, which has all of the successful attributes of its smaller brother: best operating cost versus passenger comfort, performance on short runways, and seating capacity appropriate to our business profile.”
Adds Caprioli: “Furthermore, the big similarity between the two jets will reduce maintenance and training costs while, at the same time, increasing the flexibility of our operations.”
The Brazilian airline should receive its first Embraer 190 during the second quarter of 2011, the new jets immediately becoming the biggest aircraft in the carrier’s fleet.