Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras has finalized the 30 firm orders for the Embraer E195-E2 jets, plus holds purchase rights for another 20 of these aircraft. The deal was signed on 21 May 2015.
Of course, Brazilian Embraer is really happy. “In the name of Embraer’s 19,000 employees, I want to thank Azul for choosing us,” says Paulo César Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The contract for the E-Jets E2 has an estimated value of USD 3.2 billion if all purchase rights are converted to firm orders. The firm orders will be included in Embraer’s 2015 second-quarter backlog. The first delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.
Currently, Azul has a total of 82 E-Jets in service and another six E195s on order. It operates the largest fleet of E195s in the world. Azul is the airline with the greatest number of destinations served in Brazil. The company has a fleet of 143 aircraft, more than 10,000 employees, over 900 departures per day, 100+ destinations being served, and one-third of all the departures in the country.
With this firm order from Azul, the E-Jets E2 backlog reaches 242 firm orders, plus 348 options and purchase rights. The first delivery of an E-Jets E2 (the E190-E2) is planned for the first semester of 2018. The E195-E2 is scheduled to enter service in 2019 and the E175-E2 in 2020. Embraer’s E-Jets E2s have Pratt & Whitney PurePowerTM Geared Turbofan high by-pass ratio engines (PW1700G on the E175-E2, PW1900G on the E190-E2 and E195-E2). Combined with new aerodynamically wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and improvements to other systems, the E2s are set to deliver reductions in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions, and external noise compared to earlier models and other aircraft.
Featured image: Computer rendering of the new E195-E2 of Azul (Image © Embraer)