It seems that Embraer has another win, as Embraer and Azorra have signed up SKS Airways of Malaysia to become a customer.
Malaysia’s SKS Airways has chosen the Embraer E195-E2 to drive its growth plans for the region. The deal for 10 E195-E2s was announced at a signing ceremony at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’23).
It marks the first time a customer in the Southeast Asian region has selected the E195-E2.
The E195-E2s will form the core of SKS Airways’ expansion plans and will be based at Kuala Lumpur’s city airport, Subang, from 2024.
In the configuration selected, the aircraft will have a range of 2,600nm, the equivalent of about seven hours of flight, with 136 seats for passengers installed.
Dato’ Rohman Ahmad, Director of SKS Airways, said,
“This is a significant day for the future of aviation in Malaysia. We are delighted to announce the successful signing of these agreements with leading industry players like Embraer and Azorra who share our vision for the future of air travel. With these strategic partnerships, we are excited to embark on a new phase of growth, with a fleet of Embraer’s Jets operating out of Subang. The prevalence of the E-Jets at city airports around the world and the low noise emissions of the E195-E2 makes the aircraft a perfect fit for flights in and out of Subang Airport – supporting the Government’s aim to establish Subang Airport as Malaysia’s premium city airport and aviation hub.”
Martyn Holmes, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation, said,
“The E2 is the aircraft family of choice for airlines around the world seeking to develop their regional routes. As the most modern and efficient single-aisle aircraft, the E195-E2 will deliver a step change for our first Malaysian operator, SKS Airways, as it grows regional connectivity within Malaysia and beyond. We welcome SKS Airways to the Embraer family and we look forward to growing our collaboration and partnerships in Malaysia as the country continues to develop as a major aerospace hub.”
John Evans, Azorra’s CEO added
“We are pleased to partner with SKS Airways on this unique opportunity to be a part of the future expansion of Subang Airport. We believe Embraer’s new technology E2 is the perfect fit for a redeveloped, premier aviation hub near the heart of Kuala Lumpur, reducing travel times and improving connectivity in the region. The E2’s fuel efficiency, carbon footprint and low noise emissions offer a transformative, environmentally conscious jet solution for the city, the region, and its residents”
Expanding Subang and Extending Embraers reach
With the Malaysian government pushing forward its Subang Airport Regeneration Plan to develop the area into a premium city airport and regional aviation hub, aircraft that can meet the performance limits of the airport will be key.
Embraer has been pushing slowly in the region, with up to 200 aircraft there. With city airports being much stricter in what types of aircraft can land (which noise can be a key contributor, as well as size), there is a “perfect fit” that this type of aircraft can
SKS Airways currently have two DC6-300 Twin-Otter aircraft assigned to them. It’ll be interesting how they scale up operating one of the larger regional aircraft around.
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