Posted on: 10 May 2010 by Ross McSweeny
The first Embraer 190 for Moldovan flag carrier, Air Moldova has been handed over by Embraer.
The deal for the aircraft was announced in February 2008, and includes purchase rights for another E-190.
“Air Moldova is not a newcomer to the Embraer family, since the airline previously operated the EMB 120 Brasilia turboprop. It is truly significant to us to support them in their strategic growth plan,” said Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer executive vice-president, airline market. “This delivery underscores the fact that countries from the former Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are in a dynamic region that presents great opportunities for regional air transport development. Air Moldova can rely on our support to ensure the smooth introduction of their new aircraft.”
Air Moldova’s Embraer 190 is the first to be configured in a 114-seat single-class layout. The aircraft will serve the airline’s European and Middle East networks, operating from the Moldovan capital of Chisinau.
“We look forward to introducing the top-ranked aircraft in fuel efficiency and low operational costs to our fleet,” said Iulian Scorpan, CEO of Air Moldova. “The E-190 is the cornerstone of our development strategy, by which we will operate the aircraft to open new routes, complementing the current narrowbody fleet and ensuring passenger comfort.”