Just four months after ordering 11 Embraer 195 jets in October 2011, Brazil’s Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras has confirmed options on 10 more of the type.
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras will start taking delivery of its latest order of Embraer 195s in 2015.
The February 14, 2012 purchase agreement raises the total number of Embraer E-Jets ordered by Azul to 62 (57 Embraer 195s and five Embraer 190s). Of these aircraft, 33 are already in operation, together with another five Embraer 190s bought by Azul from other companies.
Embraer values the latest deal at $478 million at list price. The new Embraer 195s will have a 118-seat, single-class layout in Azul service and will support Azul’s future growth.
After a little more than three years of operation, Azul has carried 15 million passengers, is Brazil’s third-largest airline and now flies to 44 destinations in 43 cities, operating more than 350 flights daily. It is responsible for nearly 10 per cent of Brazilian domestic passenger traffic, according to Embraer.
“With Embraer’s E-Jets as the base of its fleet, Azul has shown outstanding growth since operations began at the end of 2008,” said Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, president of Embraer
Commercial Aviation. “By capitalizing on medium and low-density routes that were previously overlooked, Azul created and consolidated a new business model for Brazilian aviation, through top-quality services for people who, in many cases, are first-time flyers.”
David Neeleman, the airline’s founder and chairman of the board of directors of Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, said the new purchase reinforces the company’s link with the manufacturer, since it involves a fleet expansion plan for 2015.
“This order underlines our belief that the E-Jets are the right airplanes for developing Azul’s operations in Brazil over the coming years,” said Neeleman. “This additional capacity will help our growth and our mission to bring safety, comfort and accessible air transportation to Brazil.”
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras actually now connects a total of 48 Brazilian cities, when its eight bus routes are included in the total. It currently operates a fleet of 38 Embraer E-Jets, as well as nine ATR 72 turboprops.
The Embraer E-Jet family has accumulated firm orders for more than 1,050 aircraft, from 60 companies in 40 countries. More than 800 E-Jets have been delivered and have, collectively, accumulated 7 million flight hours and transported 330 million passengers, worldwide.