Embraer has delivered its 900th E-Jet, an Embraer 190 for Kenya Airways, in a ceremony held at the company’s headquarters in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
“The delivery of the 900th E-Jet is a great achievement for Embraer, and we are very pleased to deliver this aircraft to Kenya Airways, one of Africa’s leading airlines, only eight years after the first E-Jets entered revenue service in 2004,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, president, Commercial Aviation for Embraer.
“E-Jets were the first aircraft to change traditional thinking about 70-to-120-seat aircraft and revolutionizing (sic) regional transportation by bringing more connectivity or frequencies to passengers, providing more flexibility to their traveling plans while improving the airlines´ operational efficiency,” Silva added.
Today, Embraer E-Jets are in service with more than 60 airlines from 40 countries. Different E-Jet customers use any one of four different types of business models – mainline, low-cost carriers, regional airlines and, most recently, a scheduled tour operator.
The aircraft routinely fly long sectors over water and operate at some of the world’s most challenging airfields, such as London City airport. The family also offers onboard entertainment systems, live satellite TV and radio, in-seat power ports and Wi-Fi connectivity to E-Jet passengers.
“It is a real honor for Kenya Airways to be part of this highlight in Embraer’s history, by receiving the 900th E-Jet,” said Dr. Titus Naikuni, CEO of Kenya Airways. “The E190 is a versatile aircraft suited to our growth ambitions on the African continent.”
Added Naikuni: “Given its mid-range capabilities, it ably supports our plans to fly new routes and increase frequencies on existing ones. It affords our passengers excellent cabin comfort while enhancing operating efficiency. This new acquisition brings the airline closer to our vision of flying to every capital in Africa in the next few years.”
Kenya Airways configures its Embraer 190 jets in a dual-class cabin lay-out which offers 96 seats, 12 in business class and 84 in economy. The aircraft feature individual screens for every seat, with in-flight entertainment on demand.
The milestone 900th E-Jet joins Kenya Airways’ existing fleet of 12 Embraer E-Jets, five of which are Embraer 170s and seven of which are Embraer 190s. The airline operates the aircraft from its hub at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Kenya Airways has seven more Embraer 190s on order, with a delivery planned for each month between now and February 2013.
The carrier currently has a fleet of 38 aircraft and flies to 54 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. For more information on Kenya Airways, visit www.kenya-airways.com.
In the third quarter of 2012, Embraer delivered 27 jets to the commercial aviation market and 13 to executive aviation customers. Deliveries to the end of September total 83 commercial and 46 executive jets, seven more than for the same period of 2011.