Embraer delivered yesterday, in a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters, in São José dos Campos, the 1,200th aircraft of the E-Jets family. The commemorative aircraft, an E195 model, was received by Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A., a Brazilian airline, which operates the largest fleet of this jet type in the world.
“It’s a joy to share such an important moment of the E-Jets program with our friends at Azul,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Just as the E-Jets have been key to Azul’s growth and consolidation, the airline was instrumental in popularizing the E-Jets with Brazilian passengers, who have discovered a new way to fly, with live TV and without the middle seat, among other innovations. Together, both companies elevated the standards of efficiency and comfort in Brazilian aviation. The celebration of this E-Jet delivery is an expression of affection and admiration by all of us at Embraer to everyone who made Azul such a great success.”
“This is a remarkable moment for Azul and Embraer. We are today the largest E195 operator in the world and we are proud of that. We transport thousands of Brazilians in a genuine Brazilian aircraft every day, always providing comfort and safety,” said Antonoaldo Neves, President of Azul. “We truly believe that the decision to utilize Embraer products for the creation of Azul was key to the success of the Company. The E-Jets are recognized for reliability and flexibility.”
The first delivery of an E-Jet to Azul occurred in December 2008, making it the first Brazilian airline to operate an aircraft from this family of commercial jets. The initial agreement was for 36 firm orders: 31 E195 and five E190 jets. Today, the airline has a total of 88 E-Jets in operation.
In May 2015, Embraer and Azul signed a purchase agreement for 50 E195-E2 jets, with 30 firm orders and 20 additional purchase rights. The first delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.
Embraer is the only manufacturer to develop a modern family of four airplanes specifically targeted for the 70 to 130-seat segment. Since the formal launch of the program, in 1999, the E-Jets have redefined the traditional concept of regional aircraft to operate in other markets, flying with traditional airlines, low cost and regional as well as charter companies.
The E-Jets family entered revenue service in 2004. Currently, E-Jets are flying with 70 airlines from 50 countries, holding a 60% market share, based on deliveries, in the segment of jets with capacity up to 130 seats.