European carriers Belavia and Aurigny Air Services have ordered Embraer 195s, in deals announced by the Brazilian manufacturer at the annual general meeting of the European Regions Airline Association in Salzburg.
The firm orders, for a total of three Embraer 195 jets, will be included in Embraer’s 2013 third-quarter backlog.
Belarus flag carrier Belavia, based in the country’s capital Minsk, has signed a firm order for two Embraer 195s.
The aircraft will join two Embraer 175s already in service with Belavia. The acquisition is part of the carrier’s fleet-renewal initiative to replace Boeing 737-500 jets. The airline’s first Embraer 195 will be delivered in the first quarter of 2014.
Belavia’s Embraer 195s will be configured with 107 seats in a two-class layout. According to the manufacturer, the Embraer 195s will allow the airline to increase frequencies on some routes and to develop its network from its base at Minsk National Airport (IATA code MSQ).
“We identified the E195 as the ideal aircraft to satisfy the expected growth in demand on some of our routes,” says Anatoly Gusarov, director general of Belavia. “It was a natural choice
because of the technical commonality with the E175 and for their superior cabin comfort.”
Meanwhile, Guernsey-based regional carrier Aurigny Air Services has signed a firm order for one Embraer 195. Delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.
The Embraer 195 will be the first jet aircraft to join Aurigny Air Services’ fleet. Aurigny has ordered the aircraft as a result of Flybe’s decision to stop flying from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) as a result of high airport fees.
Since one of Flybe’s routes from Gatwick is to Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, the decision was due to slash the number of seats in the London-Guernsey market. This would have created a capacity shortfall for the Channel Island, for which inbound tourism makes an important economic contribution.
Aurigny, which currently flies 66-to-72-seat ATR 72-200 and ATR 72-500 turboprops on six daily round-trips on its principal route between Guernsey Airport (GCI) and London Gatwick Airport, acted quickly to acquire additional Gatwick slots and increase its own capacity on the route to make up for the Flybe capacity loss.
Fitted with 122 slimline seats in single-class layout, the Embraer 195 will enable Aurigny Air Services to increase the number of its daily Guernsey-Gatwick round-trips to eight and offer much-needed additional capacity.
“The acquisition of the E195 is a major step forward for our company,” says Mark Darby, CEO of Aurigny Air Services. “The London Gatwick route is very important for us. We’ve
been tasked by the State of Guernsey to increase capacity and upgrade the quality of our overall service so we decided to move up to a jet. The E195 was the natural choice.”
Since they entered revenue service in 2004, the Embraer E-Jets family has received orders for more than aircraft. Embraer recently delivered the 1,000th production E-Jet to Republic Airways of the U.S.
Currently, E-Jets are flying with 64 airlines from 45 countries. In Europe, 24 airlines have acquired E-Jets for their fleets.