Austral Líneas Aéreas, the domestic arm of Aerolineas Argentinas, has taken delivery of its first two Embraer 190 jet from an order for 20 it placed in May 2009.
The Argentine carrier’s Embraer 190s are configured with 96 seats in a dual-class layout featuring eight business-class and 88 economy-class seats.
“With Austral joining our list of operators, we now have 53 airlines flying the E-Jets in 36 countries,” says Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer’s executive vice president, airline market. “We are very proud to see the Embraer 190 in the colors of Austral, and to have even closer commercial ties with Argentina, which has always had a dynamic air transport market and excellent growth potential. We are certain that the E-Jets are the right tool for assisting in their development.”
The Embraer 190s ordered by Austral are of the AR (Advanced Range) model, and can fly 4,400 kilometers (2,400 nautical miles) nonstop. E-Jets seat four in each row, with two seats on each side of the aisle, thus eliminating the undesirable middle seat. in Austral’s E-Jets, all passengers will have a modern in-flight entertainment system with individual monitors.
“The Embraer 190 is perfectly adapted to the company’s need to use smaller airplanes to cover domestic routes in Argentina,” says Mariano Recalde, president of the Aerolíneas Argentinas Group. “With these jets, we will make Austral’s operations even more efficient, increasing passenger comfort level, and we will also open new routes, in order to improve connectivity throughout the country.”
The Brazilian Social and Economic Development Bank (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES) and Banco do Brasil are helping finance Austral’s purchase of the Embraer 190s . The airline will use the aircraft mainly as replacements for older jets on domestic routes, to increase flight frequencies, and to serve new cities. The E-Jets will allow Austral to fly any route inside Argentina nonstop, according to Embraer.
The Embraer 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122 seats. E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters) and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). The high degree of commonality among the four aircraft – the Embraer 170, 175, 190 and 195 – help airlines minimize costs for crew training, spare parts and maintenance. Another key feature of the E-Jets is fly-by-wire technology, which Embraer says increases operating safety while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The E-Jet design’s double-bubble fuselage includes two main passenger doors and two service doors, minimizing aircraft turn-around time. Embraer claims E-Jets offer more space for passengers, in a single or dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities. For more details, visit www.EmbraerCommercialJets.com.
The E-Jet family has logged nearly 900 firm orders and more than 650 are now in operation worldwide. They have accumulated 4.4 million flight hours and transported more than 200 million passengers.