Embraer has secured orders for more of its E190 and E195-E2 jets during the Dubai Airshow, celebrating deals with customers based in Africa and the Middle East.
Confirming purchase rights from an original contract in April, Air Peace signed a deal for three additional E195-E2s at a value of US$ 212.6 million, based on current list prices.
Set to be the first E-Jets E2 operator in Africa, Air Peace’s firm order is now for 13 E-195 E2s with 17 purchase rights for the same model. The first delivery is expected to be in the second quarter of 2020.
“The E195-E2 is the perfect aircraft to expand our operations in Africa and this new order is a further confirmation of our ‘no-city-left-behind initiative which we shall continue to execute”, said Air Peace Chairman/CEO Allen Onyema. He added, “We are receiving impressive data about the aircraft’s economics now that is in revenue service, and this was a driver to place this new firm order with Embraer. We look forward to receiving our first aircraft, which will enhance connectivity in Nigeria and the African region, while feeding long-haul flights from our Lagos hub.”
Air Peace’s E195-E2s will be configured in a dual class arrangement with 124 seats, and Raul Villaron, vice-president sales, Africa and Middle East, Embraer Commercial Aviation suggested the airline would benefit from the aircraft’s efficiency and passenger comfort “especially in first class – Air Peace is the launch customer for Embraer’s new premium staggered seating option.”
The airline’s subsidiary Air Peace Hopper, started operating six ERJ145 jets last year on short thin routes, which Embraer suggests was “a key factor” in the airline’s decision to select the E2.
Embraer also celebrated a firm order from Cairo-based CIAF Leasing for three E190 aircraft in a deal valued at US$161.4 million at current list prices.
The aircraft will join CIAF’s existing fleet of three E170s, two of which are on lease with Jasmin Airways, while the other two are with Air Cairo. The lessor is also due to receive two E195s in mid-November.
All three of the new aircraft meanwhile are scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2020, in a livery sporting CIAF’s new visual identity.
Embraer’s Villaron commented: “CIAF is rapidly increasing its footprint in both wet and dry leasing with the addition of further aircraft to their fleet and the establishment of their own AOC (Air Operator Certificate) in June this year. It’s a pleasure to work with an organisation that’s going from strength to strength by exploiting the benefits a family of aircraft can provide.”
Dr. Hassan Mohamed, Chairman and CEO of CIAF Leasing said the new aircraft would be an “excellent” addition to its fleet of Embraer E-Jets, adding: “With a fleet of E170s, E190s, and E195s, CIAF will have the flexibility to offer to both our wet and dry lease customers a service that fits their needs exactly.”