Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport-based Fuji Dream Airlines has ordered an Embraer 175 to add to one Embraer 175 and three Embraer 170s it already...

Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) of Japan has ordered an Embraer 175 to add to one Embraer 175 and three Embraer 170s it already has in service.

The new aircraft will be configured in a single-class layout with 84 seats. The order also includes an option for one additional Embraer 175. The deal was included in Embraer’s firm-order backlog for the third quarter of 2010, recorded as being for an undisclosed customer.

“We are honored that FDA has reaffirmed its confidence in the E-Jets family and ordered another Embraer 175,” says Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer’s executive vice president, airline market. “The re-order is a sign that our E-Jets have been instrumental in the birth and growth of a new airline, and provided it with an optimal tool to develop new routes, while providing their customers with a reliable and comfortable airplane.”

Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport-based Fuji Dream Airlines, a subsidiary of the 209-year-old Suzuyo Group, operates a fleet of three Embraer 170s (two ordered new and one bought used) and one Embraer 175, with a second Embraer 175 on order. The carrier is Japan's only E-Jet operator. This is one of its Embraer 170s

As a start-up airline in Japan in 2007, Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport-based FDA chose to purchase two Embraer 170s as its debut aircraft. The first was delivered in February 2009. In June 2009, the airline decided to increase the fleet and ordered one Embraer 175, which joined the two original Embraer170s in early 2010. With the new order, FDA will end 2010 with a total of five E-Jets: three Embraer 170s – one used and bought this year – and two Embraer 175s.

“Since FDA started offering flights in July 2009, we have made significant progress in developing our network and business,” says Tsuneji Sugawa, senior managing director of Fuji Dream Airlines. “This progress has been made possible partly due to the operational flexibility offered by the E-Jets family, especially the Embraer 170 and Embraer 175, which has allowed us to explore and capitalize on new routes.”

Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport-based FDA is the only airline in Japan with an all-Embraer E-Jet fleet. The company is part of the Suzuyo Group, which owns a full-flight simulator to provide pilot and fleet engineering training for its staff. FDA has signed a 10-year Pool Flight Hour program contract with Embraer to manage and provide all necessary spare parts for its E-Jets.

Suzuyo began business in 1801, at the port of Shimizu in central Japan. The group now has more than 130 affiliated companies. The group’s activities include a logistics network covering Japan, North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia; energy trading and sales; food products; and building maintenance, as well as information technology (IT), regional development, personnel and other services.

As a corporate citizen, the Suzuyo Group is also involved in social activities and provides support for education, culture, and well-being, including managing a science and technology university and sponsoring Japan’s Shimizu S-Pulse professional soccer team.