Austral takes its first two E-190s

Embraer has delivered the first two E-190s to Austral Líneas Aéreas, as part of an order by the Argentine carrier for 20 Embraer 190s in May 2009.

Austral’s E-190s are configured with 96 seats in a dual-class layout: eight executive and 88 economy.

“With Austral joining our list of operators, we now have 53 airlines flying the E-Jets in 36 countries,” remarked Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer’s executive vice-president, airline market. “We are very proud to see the E-190 in the colours of Austral, and to have even closer commercial ties with Argentina, which has always had a dynamic air transport market and excellent growth potential. We are certain that the E-Jets are the right tool for assisting in their development.”

The E-190s ordered by Austral are of the AR (Advanced Range) model, and can fly 4,400 kilometres (2,400 nautical miles), nonstop. All passengers will have a modern inflight entertainment system with individual monitors.

“The Embraer 190 is perfectly adapted to the company’s need to use smaller aeroplanes to cover domestic routes in Argentina,” stated Mariano Recalde, president of the Aerolíneas Argentinas Group, which controls Austral Líneas Aéreas. “With these jets, we will make Austral’s operations even more efficient, increasing passenger comfort level, and we will also open new routes, in order to improve connectivity throughout the country.”

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