Jakarta, Indonesia-based Sriwijaya Air has signed an agreement, which remains subject to final documentation, to order 20 Embraer 190 jets and has reserved purchase rights for 10 more aircraft.
Embraer announced the order on the first day of the 49th Paris Air Show, giving a list-price value for the deal of $856 million in January 2011 dollars. According to Embraer, the list-price value of Sriwijaya Air’s Embraer 190 deal could reach $1.28 billion, if all purchase rights are exercised.
Sriwijaya Air’s Embraer 190s will be outfitted with 100 seats in a single-class configuration. The airline identified a need for a dedicated fleet of 100-seat aircraft to replace some of its narrowbodies and to achieve its expansion objectives of adding new frequencies in existing domestic markets, as well as pioneering new non-stop services throughout the region.
The carrier intends to operate the Embraer 190s from its hub at Jakarta’s Soekarno Hatta International Airport (CGK) and other key centers at Balikpapan, Makassar, Surabaya and Medan. Embraert says the jet will give Sriwijaya Air the flexibility to operate routes of up to 2,300 nautical miles (4,260 kilometers).
Sriwijaya Air is Embraer’s newest customer and joins 10 other carriers in the Asia Pacific/China region that have selected E-Jets. Airlines in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Australia operate a total of 90 E-Jets. Embraer provides support and service for its South East Asian customers from Changi, Singapore. The facilities include a spare parts warehouse, full flight simulator, and cabin mockup for flight attendant training.
Sriwijaya Air carries more than 600,000 passengers per month from its hub at Jarkarta’s Soekarno Hatta International Airport to some 35 national and international destinations. The carrier was founded in November 2003. It operates a fleet of 28 narrow-bodies on a network spanning the entire country, from Banda Aceh in the west to Jayapura in the east.