Embraer has delivered the 100th E-Jet to go into operation in Latin America and the Caribbean, where Embraer says it has a 79 per cent share in the market for commercial jets from 61 to 120 seats.
The aircraft in question, delivered on March 17, is the 19th Embraer 195 for Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras.
“We are happy to share with our great partner, Azul, the delivery of this 100th airplane in Latin America and the Caribbean,” says Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer’s executive vice president, airline market. “The number of E-Jets flying is growing significantly in the region, showing that this family of airplanes is extremely adequate for the demand levels in the area and flexible enough for accommodating the typical ups and downs of emerging markets with the latest technology, low operating cost, and high level of passenger comfort.”
The first delivery of an E-Jet in Latin America and the Caribbean occurred in 2005, when Panama’s Copa Airlines received an Embraer 190. Since then, another nine airlines in the region have begun to operate examples of the four-model family, which offers seating capacities from 70 to 120 seat. The airlines are: Aeroméxico (Mexico), Air Caraïbes (Guadalupe), Austral (Argentina), Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras (Brazil), Copa Airlines Colombia (former Aero República), Satena (Colombia), Taca (El Salvador), TAME (Ecuador), and TRIP (Brazil). By the end of the year, 134 E-Jets will be operating in the region, according to Embraer.
According to Embraer, demand for air transportation in Latin America and the Caribbean grew 11.3 per cent in 2010, compared with the previous year. The Brazilian market grew 23.5 per cent, while the worldwide average was 5 per cent. Currently, more than 150 cities in 25 Latin American countries are served by E-Jets, which Embraer says have now carried 37 million passengers in the region.
After more than two years in operation, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras now links 33 destinations with 200 daily flights. Additionally, the integrated bus lines offered by Azul connect 39 Brazilian cities.
The airline operates a fleet of 32 aircraft, including 10 Embraer 190s and 19 Embraer 195s, plus three ATR 72-500 turboprops. Azul’s goal is to stimulate air traffic and boost the Brazilian economy by offering low prices for high-quality air service. To find out more about Azul, go to www.voeazul.com.br.