Venezuelan carrier Conviasa has ordered six Embraer 190 jets and has taken options to purchase 14 more.
Embraer values the order at $271.2 million in January 2012 dollars and at list price, and says the list-price value of the deal could total as much as $904 million if Conviasa firms all its options.
The Venezuelan carrier’s first Embraer 190 deliveries are scheduled to take place by the end of 2012. Conviasa’s new Embraer 190s will be configured with 104 seats in a single-class layout.
“It is a great satisfaction to receive this order from Conviasa, the eleventh customer of the E-Jets family in Latin American and the Caribbean region, a market projected to grow an average of 7 per cent per year over the next 20 years,” says Paulo Cesar Silva, president of Embraer’s Commercial Aviation unit. “We are certain that the E190 will play an important role in increasing the quality and efficiency of air travel in Venezuela.”
“We consider the E190 jet to be a fundamental part of the process of renovating Conviasa’s fleet,” says César Martínez Ruiz, president of Conviasa. “These airplanes will allow us to increase connections on both domestic and international routes.”
According to Embraer, this deal strengthens its position as the absolute market leader in Latin America and the Caribbean, where the Brazilian manufacturer says it holds 75 per cent of the commercial-aviation market for jets up to 120 seats, compared to a worldwide average of 43 per cent.
The Embraer 190 is by far the highest-selling member of the four-model Embraer E-Jets family, which also includes the Embraer 170, the Embraer 175 and the Embraer 195. Firm orders for the family total well over 1,000 aircraft, the Embraer 190 accounting for the majority of the orders.
At present, Conviasa serves 14 Venezuelan domestic and nine international destinations.