Saratov-based Saratov Airlines (also known as Saravia) has become the first Embraer E-Jet customer in Russia.
The airline has leased two Embraer 195 jets which will start operations with Saratov Airlines in the coming weeks, according to Embraer.
Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee certified the Embraer 190 and Embraer 195 for commercial operations by Russian carriers in December 2012.
Saratov Airlines’ Embraer 195s will be fitted with 114 seats in two-class configuration and operated from the airline’s base at Saratov Tsentralny Airport (IATA code RTW).
The carrier plans to operate its Embraer 195s on scheduled services and for charter flights to Dubai, Europe, Asia and Africa in association with Saratov’s tour partner, Magellan.
“Saravia selected the E195 because of its proven ability to operate in wide range of business applications,” says Konstantin Sokolov, Saratov Airlines’ general director. “We are keen to start realizing improvements in fleet efficiency with this airplane and to have a cabin that we know our passengers will love. The E195 is going to keep us competitive.”
Saratov Airlines joins a growing list of operators in Eastern Europe and Central Asia that have added Embraer E-Jets to their fleets.
E-Jet operators in these regions include Air Astana, Air Lituanica, Air Moldova, Azerbaijan Airlines, Belavia, Bulgaria Air, Estonian Air, LOT Polish, Montenegro Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines.
Combined, these carriers operate a total of 66 E-Jets.