Embraer has delivered its first E195-E2 aircraft to Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras.
Azul is the first operator of the E195-E2 (who is receiving the aircraft via AerCap). The airline has 51 firm orders of the E2-195 and is the global launch partner with Embraer.
Azul will operate the type in a single class configuration, with 136 seats aboard. The airline plans to use the type on both domestic and international routes.
The aircraft received its type certificate from three agencies in April – ANAC, the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil); the FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration) and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).
Embraer says that the E195-E2 is “better” than its original specification, with fuel consumption is 1.4% lower than expected – that’s 25.4% less fuel per seat compared to the current-generation E195. It also promises lower maintenance costs are 20% compared to the old model.
David Neeleman, Azul’s founder and chairman of the board said
“Over the last 10 years Azul revolutionized the Brazilian aviation market. We have helped to double the domestic market by providing service to regions, cities and communities that have never had service before, all thanks to the Embraer E195-E1 aircraft. Now with the E195-E2 we are ready to launch the next chapter in Brazilian aviation. We could not be more proud to bring this Brazilian aircraft, built with Brazilian technology and innovation to the Brazilian skies”,
“The E2 represents the next significant step in Azul’s fleet transformation, further powering our margin expansion story well into the years to come”
John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation said
“It’s the largest commercial aircraft Embraer has ever built. Passengers are going to love the new interior and airlines are going to love the extraordinary operating economics. It’s absolutely ideal for Azul’s low-fare business model and for AerCap’s fleet portfolio. I’m proud of everyone on the Embraer team who worked so hard to see this day.”
Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap states
“Everyone at AerCap is thrilled to deliver the world’s first Embraer E195-E2 aircraft to Azul. We have no doubt that this incredible aircraft will drive two of Brazil’s global leaders to new heights. We wish both Embraer and Azul every success with the E-Jets E2 program and we look forward to working with both of them for many, many years to come,”
Let battle commence
With the first E2-195 entering service, the battle for the 100-150 seat segment is joined between Airbus and Embraer.
Currently, Embraer has a firm order backlog of 123 frames for the E195-E2.
With both companies fighting for customers – both new and customers looking to migrate from the older E-Jet family, there is certainly business to be won and orders to be fought for.
In the medium to long term, this could get very interesting.
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