The aircraft, which is powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and the APS2600 auxiliary power unit (APU), will fly from Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos to join the Air Peace fleet in Nigeria.
Air Peace is the launch customer in Africa for the E2. The airline is also the global launch customer for Embraer’s premium staggered seating design. The aircraft are configured in a dual class arrangement with 124 seats.
Apart from the 13 firm orders, the carrier also has 17 remaining purchase rights. The total value of the deal, with all purchase rights exercised, is US$2.2bn.
“The E195-E2 is the perfect aircraft to expand our domestic and regional operations,” said Allen Onyema, the Chairman and CEO of Air Peace. “We are aware of the aircraft’s impressive economic performance as well as its unique configuration, the major reasons we placed an order for this aircraft. It is also a historic feat as Air Peace will be the first to operate this aircraft model in the whole of Africa.
“The E195-E2 aircraft will further help us actualise our ambition of connecting not just the whole of Nigeria, but the entire African continent, while feeding long-haul flights from our Lagos hub,” added Onyema. “The acquisition will enable us to deliver on our ‘no-city-left-behind’ initiative, which is underpinned by our goal to reduce the air transportation burden of Africans”.
“Handing over beautiful new jets to our customers is a favourite activity for everyone at Embraer,” said Cesar Pereira, vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Doing so in the current circumstances is a boost for us all as we adapt to the changing environment. This is a fabulous start to the year for everybody at Air Peace and Embraer.”
“We’d like to offer a warm welcome to Air Peace as they join the GTF engine family,” said Rick Deurloo, chief commercial officer at Pratt & Whitney. “We appreciate the confidence that Air Peace has placed in us, along with the successful relationship we have built together, and we look forward to delivering the benefits of the engine’s advanced technology.”
Air Peace already operates eight ERJ-145s, and will use the E195-E2s to enhance domestic and regional connectivity. The enhanced network will also help feed and sustain long haul operations at the Lagos Hub, such as the UAE route launched in 2019 and South Africa launched in December 2020.
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