Jetairfly, the Belgian subsidiary of TUI Travel PLC, has received the first of two new Embraer 190 jets leased from Singapore-based aircraft lessor BOC Aviation.
The Embraer 190 was formally handed over at a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos in Brazil. Jetairfly’s second Embraer 190 is due to be delivered in the first half of 2013.
Jetairfly’s Embraer 190s are configured with 112 slimline seats in a single-class layout. The carrier plans to operate the aircraft from Brussels Airport to various destinations in its European network, including Faro in Portugal, Málaga in Spain, and Zakynthos in Greece.
The delivery to Jetairfly broadens the range of airline business models for which Embraer E-Jets are operated. The 70-to-120-seat, four-aircraft family is flying today with low-fare airlines, in regional-airline networks, with full-service mainline carriers and now with tour operator TUI Travel.
“We are very enthusiastic about welcoming this first Embraer 190 in Jetairfly’s fleet and start operations with this brand new aircraft,” said Elie Bruyninckx, chairman of Jetairfly. “It will allow us to schedule new direct routes with one of the most eco-efficient aircraft, providing our passengers with a high level of comfort. The E190 will help us to right size demand on some seasonal routes and lower our operational costs.”
“We are delighted to be the first aircraft leasing company to deliver the E190 to a tour operator and we are able to do it because the economics of the aircraft works for this business,” said Robert Martin, managing director and chief executive officer of BOC Aviation.
Since entering revenue service in 2004, Embraer has received orders for more than 1,000 E-Jets. More than 60 customers from 40 countries are now operating E-Jets and more than 900 E-Jets have been delivered to date.
Jetairfly was founded in November 2003 and began operations in March 2004. It has grown to be the second largest airline in Belgium and carried more than 2.7 million passengers in 2012.
This summer, Jetairfly will have a fleet of 21 aircraft deployed on medium and long-haul routes.
Thanks to an intensive modernization program, Jetairfly boasts the youngest and most modern fleet in Belgium. The airline flies 163 routes to 105 destinations during the summer and 60 routes to 46 destinations during the winter. Flights depart from Brussels, Ostend, Liège and Charleroi.
TUI Travel PLC is one of the world’s leading international leisure travel groups, operating in approximately 180 countries worldwide. It serves more than 30 million customers in at least 32 source markets.
Headquartered in the UK, TUI Travel PLC employs approximately 54,000 people and operates a pan-European airline group whose fleets add up to a total of 141 aircraft.