Venezuelan airline Conviasa (Consorcio Venezuelano de Industria Aeronáutica e Serviços Aéreos S.A.) has taken delivery of its first Embraer 190 jet.
Conviasa signed a contract on July 31, less than two months ago, to purchase six Embraer 190 single-aisle jets, and took options on an additional 14. The contract also includes a flight simulator and a logistics package to support Conviasa’s Embraer 190 operations for the next five years.
Embraer values the deal at US$271.2 million at list price and in January 2012 dollars. The total value of the order could reach $904 million should Conviasa convert all its all options be converted into firm orders, according to the manufacturer.
The delivery ceremony at Embraer’s São Jose dos Campos final-assembly facility was attended by Brazil´s Vice Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Ricardo Scheafer, representing the Minister Fernando Pimentel; the Venezuelan Minister for Air & Aquatic Transportation, Elsa Gutiérrez Graffe; and ambassadors and other officials from both countries, besides Embraer and Conviasa executives.
“We are certain that the E190 will have an extremely important role in the development of Conviasa and Venezuela’s air transportation, due to its versatility, comfort and low operational cost”, said Paulo Cesar Silva, president of Embraer, Commercial Aviation. “Additionally, Conviasa’s entry into the E-Jet family of customers strengthens our leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean where we have over a 70 per cent share of the commercial aviation market in the 120-seat jet segment.”
“In compliance with the determinations of our Commander President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, and the implementation of the air transport policies by Minister Elsa Gutierrez, the new Embraer aircraft will allow us to interconnect national and international destinations at a regional level, with much more quality”, said César Martínez Ruiz, president of Conviasa. “Thus, we position Venezuela as an air transport provider with modern and efficient aircraft for the rendering of public service to all Conviasa passengers.”
The Venezuelan airline’s Embraer 190s are configured with 104 seats in economy class, with two-by-two seating in each seat row.
Conviasa is the 11th customer for the Embraer E-Jets family in Latin America and the Caribbean. The carrier currently serves 14 domestic and nine international flight destinations.
Embraer forecasts that the Latin American and Caribbean market will grow an average of 7 per cent a year over the next 20 years, higher than the 5 per cent global average.