Embraer delivered, in a ceremony to be held at its main facility in Sao Jose dos Campos, its first E195-E2, the biggest of the three members of the E-Jets E2family of commercial aircraft. The recipients are AerCap, the world’s largest aircraft leasing company, and AzulLinhas Aereas Brasileiras S.A. Azul is the global launch operator for the E195-E2 and has placed firm orders for 51 of the type. The airline will receive another five aircraft in 2019.
“Today’s delivery is a momentous occasion,” said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “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.”
Azul is configuring the E195-E2 in a single class layout with 136 seats and will deploy the aircraft on several domestic and international routes.
“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”, said David Neeleman, Azul’s founder and chairman of the board. “The E2 represents the next significant step in Azul’s fleet transformation, further powering our margin expansion story well into the years to come”, concluded Neeleman.
“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,” said Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap.
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