Deutsche Lufthansa AG has placed a firm order for another eight new Embraer 195 jets.
The new aircraft will be operated within the Lufthansa Regional family, serving German domestic and European destinations. Embraer says the list-price value of the deal is $338 million in January 2010 dollars.
“Supported by Germany’s economy recovery, Lufthansa demand is strongly growing this year, and is being sustained by a significant upturn in yields,” says Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer’s executive vice president, airline market. “It’s good to see that strength reflected in Lufthansa’s confidence to grow its E-Jets fleet. This is an excellent showcase for the flexibility, performance capabilities and passenger comfort of the E-Jets family, particularly in the highly demanding German and Eastern European markets.”
The Lufthansa Group placed a previous order in June 2007 for a mixed fleet of 30 Embraer 190s and Embraer 195s for its regional fleet and most of these aircraft are already in service. Deliveries of the additional eight aircraft are scheduled to commence in the first half of 2012.
“With the E190s and the E195s, Embraer offers highly modern, more eco-efficient aircraft that increase cost efficiency while at the same time offering great benefits to passengers,” says Nico Buchholz, Lufthansa Group’s executive vice president, fleet management. “Especially with European traffic becoming increasingly competitive, those are the qualities we are looking for, in order to maintain a modern and highly efficient fleet at Lufthansa Regional.”
Adds Buchholz: “Our passengers highly value the aircraft’s comfort. The cabin configuration offers them even more personal living space and the modern cabin interior increases onboard comfort.”
Embraer E-Jets are already in service with Lufthansa Regional partner carriers Augsburg Airways, Air Dolomiti and CityLine. Upon delivery of the eight newly ordered Embraer 195s, 38 E-Jets will be flying for Lufthansa Regional, giving it the largest fleet of E-Jets in continental Europe.
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