Another news from Embraer this week – The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer yesterday confirmed the sale of 8 Super Tucano to the government of the Dominican Republic through a contract that was finalized at the end of last year. The aircraft will be operated by the Dominican Air Force to perform internal security and border patrol missions, within an operations theater focusing on fighting the drug traffic.
This is the third export contract for the this aircraft, after sales that were made to the Air Forces of Colombia (FAC) and Chile (FACH).
To date, 63 units of the Super Tucano have already been delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) and 25 to the FAC, and they are successfully used for border surveillance and other operational missions. In all, 144 aircraft have been sold to four Latin American customers. The Air Forces of Colombia received its 25th Super Tucano in August of last year, thus finalizing the deliveries begun to this customer, in December 2006. The contract was the first export of this aircraft, and the agreement included TOSS (Training and Operation Support System), an advanced training and operational support system with ground stations. The FACH agreement for the sale of 12 aircraft was also announced by Embraer in August 2008.
The Super Tucano went into operation with the FAB in December 2003, to be used for pilot training, as well as for operational missions. This capability ranks the Super Tucano as the world’s only aircraft in production that is able to handle advanced pilot training and surveillance and counter-insurgency missions, even at night, using night vision goggles and electro-optical and infrared sensors.
Embraer last week announced that they have signed a contract with the Royal Thai Army for a second ERJ 135 jet. This third airplane for the Government of Thailand will be used to carry civilian and military officials, and the delivery is scheduled for 2009.
At the end of 2008, Embraer delivered one ERJ 135 to the Royal Thai Army and other to the Royal Thai Navy. They will be
used in Thailand to transport government officials and to handle Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions by the Royal Thai Navy.
The airplane for the Royal Thai Navy is based at the U-Tapao Air Base, and the Royal Thai Army’s aircraft in Bangkok.
Embraer recently announced that the Brazilian aircraft builder and British Airways signed a contract for 11 E-Jets, comprised of six Embraer 170 and five Embraer 190SR jets, to be operated by BA CityFlyer.
The deal, which heralds a significant modernization of its regional fleet, also includes options for another three Embraer 190SR jets. The first BA CityFlyer Embraer 170, configured with 76 seats, is scheduled for delivery in the second semester of 2009. The larger Embraer 190SR will seat up to 98 passengers.
The Embraer 170 obtained steep approach certification to operate at London City Airport in June 2007. This approach uses a software solution developed within the existing fly-bywire system, which means improved flight quality and control and reduced pilot workload, with less weight and maintenance cost. The Embraer 190SR is currently undergoing a series of engineering evaluation tests with a view to receiving its steep approach certification by the end of 2009.
In order to support its new Embraer fleet during the next ten years, British Airways also signed the Embraer Pool Flight Hour Program, which provides optimized inventory control at reduced initial investments for parts and infrastructure.
On September 30, 2008, Embraer had logged 865 firm orders and 813 options for the E-Jets family. With 500 aircraft delivered to date, the family has a broad base of 52 operators in 35 countries, on five continents.
Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 195 jet, last Thursday, to Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, which will be the first Brazilian airline to operate the E-Jets. The contract is for 36 firm orders: 31 EMBRAER 195s and five EMBRAER 190s. The deal was announced in March of this year, and also includes options for another 20 aircraft and purchase rights for another 20.
Azul begins operations out of Viracopos Airport, in the city of Campinas, in outstate São Paulo, to Porto Alegre and Salvador. The airline company received its Authorization Certificate as an Air Transportation Company from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency and has already announced the first routes it intends to operate in Brazil.
Azul’s EMBRAER 195 is configured in a single class and will comfortable accommodate 118 passengers. A state-of-the-art entertainment system, with Live TV and individual screens, will be available and each passenger may select the programming of their choice.
With a range of 2,200 nautical miles (4,077 km), the jet will be able to fly nonstop between any two Brazilian capital cities.
Embraer signed a firm order with Globalia, owned by Juan José Hidalgo, President of JJH Capital and Air Europa, for an additional six EMBRAER 195 jets, to be operated by Air Europa, a subsidiary of Globalia. The deal is valued at US$ 237 million, at list price, based on January 2008 economic conditions, and converts the purchase rights originally announced in February 2008. This transaction is already included in Embraer’s third quarter firm order backlog as “undisclosed”.
The new EMBRAER 195 will be flown by Air Europa on short and medium routes in Spain, the Balearic and Canary Islands, and Europe. Delivery of the first aircraft confirming a purchase right, should take place by mid-2010. Air Europa will be the first operator in the world to fly the EMBRAER 195 in a single-class, 122-seat layout.
One aircraft from the original order of six has been sold by Globalia to an undisclosed customer, resulting in a fleet of 11 EMBRAER 195 jets when all deliveries are completed.
On Friday Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 190 jet to KLM cityhopper, the regional airline subsidiary of KLM, during a ceremony to be held at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The deal with the Dutch airline was announced in August 2007 and includes ten firm orders, plus nine options, for the EMBRAER 190.
“It is a real pleasure to deliver the first EMBRAER 190 jet to KLM cityhopper and a great honor to see the company as part of the Air France/KLM Group, following France’s Régional, flying their colors on Embraer E-Jets,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice
President, Airline Market. “KLM cityhopper is an important KLM arm that handles a large portion of its highly competitive European
network, and we are proud to see our aircraft playing such a significant role.”
KLM cityhopper’s EMBRAER 190 is configured with 100 seats in a comfortable, single-class layout. The first aircraft entering service will initiate the process of replacing the oldest Fokker 100s, in order to enhance the airline’s operational performance and maintainability. “We are very pleased to take delivery of our first EMBRAER 190 jet, and welcome it into KLM’s European network,” said Michel Coumans, Managing Director of KLM cityhopper. “This aircraft will enable us to improve our operational performance throughout Europe, with a superior product for our customers, while considerably reducing emissions.”
KLM cityhopper is a 100% subsidiary of KLM. The airline runs over 50% of KLM’s European network, and its fleet currently consists of 55 aircraft, including 20 Fokker 100, 21 Fokker 70 and 14 Fokker 50 aircraft. Within the KLM network, KLM cityhopper runs 270 flights a day to 45 destinations.
Embraer recently delivered the first E190 jet to Virgin Nigeria. The aircraft accommodates 96 passengers in a dual-class layout, with 12 first-class and 84 Elite seats, and also features a state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system, with individual TV screens at each seat.
The EMBRAER 190 is the first E-Jet delivered to Virgin Nigeria, and it will assist the airline’s growing domestic and regional network, by providing the right capacity for current routes. The aircraft will also be used to develop international markets, feeding the Lagos hub for its long-haul operations.
Virgin Nigeria’s EMBRAER 190 is equipped with the new-generation i4500 satellite-based In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system supplied by Thales Avionics (USA). As the aircraft enters service, passengers flying short-haul routes will have the opportunity to watch movies, as well as Nigerian and foreign programs, or select from a wide range of music channels.
In November 2007, at the Dubai Air Show, Virgin Nigeria announced firm orders for seven EMBRAER 170s and three EMBRAER 190s, all of which are Advanced Range versions, plus options for six EMBRAER 190s and purchase rights for another eight E-Jets.
Embraer announced the sale of the first EMBRAER 195 jet to Montenegro Airlines, today. The agreement with the airline from the Republic of Montenegro also includes purchase rights for two more aircraft of the same model.
The EMBRAER 195 for Montenegro Airlines will comfortably seat 116 passengers in a singleclass layout and delivery is expected in 2009. The company plans to use the new airplane for key markets on the European continent, including routes to cities like London and Moscow.
Last June, Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 195 to Montenegro Airlines through a leasing operation carried out by GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS). This leasing contract includes another aircraft of the same model for delivery next year that will increase the airline’s fleet to three EMBRAER 195s by mid-2009.
Embraer today announced the delivery of the first EMBRAER 170 jet to Régional – Compagnie Aérienne Européenne, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Air France Group. This is the first of a total of nine firm orders it has for the EMBRAER 170 from the French airline.
Régional’s EMBRAER 170 is configured in a 76-seat single-class layout. It will enter service this week on its domestic and intra-European networks.
As Embraer’s largest customer in Europe, Régional currently operates a total fleet of 48 Embraer aircraft (6 EMBRAER 190s, 28 ERJ 145s, 9 ERJ 135s, and 5 EMB 120 Brasilias).