July is turning out nicely for Embraer, with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer selling 222 of its E-Jets in just a few days, mostly at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow in England.
Royal Air Maroc
Royal Air Maroc will introduce four Embraer E190s to be based at its hub Casablanca International Airport in Morocco. The airline has signed a lease agreement for four E-Jets with Aldus Aviation, the Irish specialist E-Jet lessor. The first E190 is expected to be delivered during the second semester of 2014. Royal Air Maroc’s E190s will be configured with 96 seats, 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats, in a dual class layout and will be deployed on European and West African routes from the national carrier’s base of Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca, Morocco.
Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) signed a firm agreement for two additional E190 jets, on top of four aircraft AZAL ordered earlier. The aircraft will be deployed on the carrier’s international network from Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport. The total value of the contract is US$ 95.4 million.
Fuji Dream Airlines
Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) from Japan placed a firm order of three E175s with options for an additional three aircraft of the same model. This brings the total potential order to an estimated value of US$ 258.6 million if all options are exercised. Three E170s and five E175s are currently in operation with Fuji Dream Airlines.
The newly-ordered E175s will be configured in a single-class layout with 84 seats and will be equipped with the Autoland system to perform CAT III approach and landing in limited visual conditions. The new E175s will also feature recent aerodynamic enhancements introduced by Embraer, such as a new wingtip and other technical improvements that reduce fuel burn. Created in 2007, FDA started operations with two E170s. With aircraft based in Nagoya and Shizuoka, FDA links twelve secondary cities in Japan where demand is growing, such as Fukuoka, Sapporo and Hanamaki. Operating almost 50 flights each day, the airline has carried over 2.4 million passengers to date. FDA is part of the Suzuyo Group, which owns a full-flight simulator to provide pilot and fleet engineering training for its staff.
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, the third largest carrier of Brazil, placed a 30 firm orders for the E195-E2 jets at the Farnborough Airshow. It also singed an agreement for an additional 20 purchase rights for the same model, bringing the total potential order to up to 50 E195-E2 jets. The contract for the E-Jets E2 has an estimated value of US$ 3.1 billion if all purchase rights are converted to firm orders. As the first airline to order the E195-E2, Azul becomes the launch operator for this aircraft.
Currently, the Brazilian airline has a total of 82 E-Jets in service and another 11 on order. It operates the largest fleet of E195s in the world. The first delivery of an E-Jets E2 (the E190-E2) is planned for the first semester of 2018. The E195-E2 is slated to enter service in 2019 and the E175-E2 in 2020. Embraer’s E-Jets E2s have new geared turbofan engines, new aerodynamically-advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls and improvements to other systems.
Trans States Airlines, Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines
American Trans States Holdings, parent company of Trans States Airlines, Compass Airlines and GoJet Airlines, ordered 50 E175-E2 jets at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow, plus options for an additional 50 planes of the type. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in June 2020, with the order having a total value of US$ 2.4 billion.
The Trans States E175-E2s will be configured with 76 seats in a dual-class layout. The three new E-Jets E2 (E175-E2, E190-E2, and E195-E2) are powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest generation geared-turbofan engines, have new aerodynamically advanced wings and full fly-by-wire flight controls.
Even back home Embraer scored successes, including the sale of 20 E-190s and 20 E-Jets E2s to Tianjin Airlines. The deal worth US$ 2.1 billion was signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Brazil. The first current generation E-Jet will be delivered in 2015, and the first E-Jet E2 is scheduled for delivery in 2018.
Since the first E-Jet entering in service in 2004, to date, over 1,000 E-Jets are in services with 65 airlines in 45 countries. Tianjin Airlines was the launch customer for the E190 in China and operates the largest E-Jets fleet in Asia with 50 E190s in its fleet. It is also the first carrier in China being appointed as an Authorized Service Center for Embraer aircraft in that country. Recently, the carrier announced to install Embraer AHEAD-PRO system for all its 50 E190s, becoming the first user of this system in China.
HNA Group Tianjin Airlines was launched as the first true regional airline in China in 2009. In 2010, the carrier changed its focus from purely regional operations to a combination of mainline and regional services. Its aim is to become a medium to large-size international airline as it pursues a new “regional aviation and global operations” strategy. In 2011, Tianjin Airlines received the “Best Regional Aviation Airline in China” and “Global Four-star Airlines” awards from Skytrax for its outstanding achievement. Today, the carrier operates a fleet of over 80 jets that serves some 90 domestic and international cities and carries over 8 million travelers.
ICBC Financial Leasing Co.
The second Embraer-Chinese deal was made for ICBC Financial Leasing Co. for 20 E190-E2 jets (10 firm orders, 10 purchase rights).