Posted on: 21 March 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Embraer and Alitalia have confirmed an agreement for the delivery of 15 Embraer 175s and five Embraer 190s through a lease structure to be arranged by third parties.
“Benefiting from a strong reorganisation, Alitalia is developing its regional network to meet new market and passengers requirements,” noted Frederico Curado, Embraer president and CEO. “We are very pleased with the renewed confidence that Alitalia has accorded to our E-Jets family. This proves that the flexibility and the operational performance of these aircraft are able to meet market requirements.”
Deliveries of the new aircraft are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2011. Each model will feature a single-class layout with 88 seats in the E-175s and 100 seats in the E-190s. The aircraft will be used on the Alitalia’s domestic and European network, and will be based at seven Italian airports: Rome Fiumicino, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Turin, Venice, Naples and Catania.
The 20 new aircraft will progressively replace and enhance Alitalia’s existing fleet of 16 regional aircraft, contributing to develop its ability to provide direct links over short- and medium-haul destinations, without the need for stopovers, consistent with the evolution of market demand.
“The choice of the Embraer E-Jets has been the result of a thorough analysis which involved not only all the main professional groups of Alitalia, but using an innovative method, also a sample of frequent flyer customers,” declared Rocco Sabelli, CEO of Alitalia. “This important investment is in addition to those currently made on the Alitalia’s medium- and long-haul range fleet, and represents an important step further in the process of providing service excellence to all company’s customers.”