Copycat! An all-black Embraer for Airlink

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The South African airline Air link unveiled a special livery all black on one of its planes – without of course mentioning the rivalry rugby with the New Zealand All Blacks.

Coated all in black, the Embraer 195 registered ZS-YDE of the regional company based at the airport of Johannesburg OR Tambo made a test flight on July 13, 2025 to show off its new “jet black” livery, before entering service on routes to George, Durban, Bloemfontein or Port Elizabeth. This E195, which can accommodate 11 passengers in Business class and 96 in Economy, is the fourth for Air Link, which also operates 22 E190three E170sixteen ERJ135eleven ERJ140 and four BAe Jetstream 41 (average age of the fleet 18.2 years according to Planespotters).

Some say flying has lost its appeal, but as Southern Africa’s premier airline, we are putting glamor and style back in the sky. Along with our first class service provided by our friendly crew in their smart new uniforms, we dressed one of our svelte Embraer E-Jets in a sleek and chic little black number Airlink CEO Rodger Foster said in a statement.

The aircraft promotes the program of loyalty of customers Skybucks recently launched. ” Skybucks is a key element in establishing and consolidating Airlink as an independent, efficient and reliable airline, travel partner and brand. Black is Skybucks’ highest tier and a hallmark reserved exclusively for the select group of our most loyal top thieves. On the other hand, our graceful black E-jet will amaze and catch the eye wherever it flies. “, added the leader.

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