The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer delivered this Monday, November 30, at the company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, State of São Paulo, the jet number 1.200 of the E-Jets family. The commemorative aircraft, the E195 model, was received by Azul Linhas Areas Brasileiras SA, which operates the largest fleet of jets of this 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 and executive director of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Just like the E-Jets have been key in the growth and consolidation of Azul, the airline was instrumental in popularizing the E-Jets among Brazilian passengers, who have discovered a new way of flying, with live TV and without the middle seat, among other innovations. Together, the two companies raised the concepts of efficiency and comfort in Brazilian aviation. The delivery of this E-Jet is a demonstration of affection and admiration of Embraer, and its employees towards Azul and all the ones that turned it into a great success.”
“This is a special moment for Azul and Embraer. Today we are the largest operators of E-Jet 195 in the world and we are very proud of that. We transport every day thousands of Brazilians in genuinely Brazilian aircraft, offering comfort and safety”, said Antonoaldo Neves, Azul’s CEO. “We are sure that the choice by Embraer aircraft in Azul’s Foundation was decisive for the success of the company. The E-Jets are known to be very reliable and versatile aircraft. ”
The first delivery of an E-Jet to Azul occurred in December 2008, being the first Brazilian airline to operate the aircraft of this family of commercial jets. The initial agreement provided 36 firm orders: 31 E195 jets and five E190. The Brazilian airline now has a total of 88 E-Jets operating.
In May 2015, Embraer and Azul signed a contract for 50-E2 E195 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 family of four jets specifically for the segment of 70-130 seats. 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 family of E-Jets entered service in 2004. Today, E-Jets are flying with 70 airlines in 50 countries, with a market share over 60%, based on deliveries in the jets segment with up to 130 places.