Largest E-Jets operator in Africa will add as many as 20 aircraft
Nairobi / São José dos Campos, June 21, 2011 – Embraer and the Kenya’s national flag carrier Kenya Airways signed a Letter of Intent, subject to final agreement, for the acquisition of ten EMBRAER 190 jets, yesterday, at the 49th Paris Air Show, in France. The deal also includes options for another ten aircraft, which could be either the EMBRAER 190 (E190) or the EMBRAER 170 (E170).
“Kenya Airways’ decision to increase its fleet of EMBRAER 190 jets is great news, and we are delighted with this further sign of confidence from the largest E-Jets operator in Sub Saharan Africa,” said Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer President, Commercial Aviation. “Complementing the existing E-Jets in their fleet, this is proof of the reliability and efficiency the jets bring to airlines, demonstrating the versatility, economics and performance of the E-Jets family.”
With the projected order, the total number of E-jets ordered by Kenya Airways comes to 20, considering aircraft acquired directly from Embraer or through leasing companies.
Kenya Airway’s E190 will be configured in a dual-class layout with 96 seats: 12 in business class and 84 in economy. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2012. As the first E-Jets operator in Africa, since 2006, the airline has been operating five E170s and two E190s under agreements with leasing companies. Three E190 jets remain to be delivered this year and in 2012.
“As we continue to focus on the expansion of our network with longer routes from our hub in Nairobi, the acquisition of new EMBRAER 190s is key to our growth strategy,” said Dr. Titus Naikuni, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive of Kenya Airways. “The E190 jet fits well with our expansion strategy, giving us an opportunity to expand our network and increase our frequencies beyond the current offering while cementing our mandate of connecting Africa to the World and World to Africa through our hub at JKIA,” said Dr. Naikuni.
He added that the combination of the E170 and E190 in the Pride of Africa’s network will offer greater flexibility in right-sizing the aircraft to meet route demand, using the same crew and ensuring consistent, high comfort for the passengers.
The EMBRAER 190 is the third of the brand-new four-member Embraer E-Jets family of commercial aircraft that entered service in August 2005. The jet may be configured in one or two classes, seating 98 to 114 passengers in a comfortable four-abreast (2-2), no-middle-seat, configuration, and can fly up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,450 kilometers) nonstop.
About the EMBRAER Family of E-Jets
The Embraer family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122 seats, featuring advanced engineering design, efficient performance, outstanding operating economics, low emission levels and a spacious cabin without middle seats.
E-Jets have a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,500 meters) and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,450 kilometers). The high degree of commonality among the four aircraft – EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190, and EMBRAER 195 – results in exceptional savings for carriers in terms of crew training and costs of spare parts and maintenance. Another key feature of the E-Jets family is state-of-the-art, fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The double-bubble fuselage design provides superior comfort and includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors, thus minimizing aircraft turn-around time. E-Jets offer much more space for passengers, in a single or dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities. For more details, visit www.EmbraerCommercialJets.com.
E-Jets have achieved outstanding success with over 1,000 firm orders from 60 companies in 40 countries. More than 750 E-Jets have been delivered and have, collectively, accumulated 5 million flight hours and transported 200 million passengers worldwide. This proven family is helping airlines to right size low load factor narrow-body routes, to replace older, inefficient aircraft, and to develop new markets with lower operating costs, greater efficiency, and outstanding passenger comfort. To better understand the benefits of these aircraft when replacing older jets, visit www.eforefficiency.com.