Posted on: 30 December 2015 by Ross McSweeny
In a ceremony at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Embraer has delivered the 1,200th aircraft of the E-Jets family – an E195 – was received by Azul, which operates the world’s largest fleet of this model.“It's a joy to share such an important moment of the E-Jets programme with our friends at Azul,” declared Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Just as the E-Jets have been key to Azul’s growth and consolidation, the airline was instrumental in popularising the E-Jets with Brazilian passengers, who have discovered a new way to fly, with live TV and without the middle seat, among other innovations. The celebration of this E-Jet delivery is an expression of affection and admiration by all of us at Embraer to everyone who made Azul such a great success.”Antonoaldo Neves, president of Azul, responded, “This is a remarkable moment for Azul and Embraer. We are today the largest E195 operator in the world and we are proud of that. We transport thousands of Brazilians in a genuine Brazilian aircraft every day, always providing comfort and safety. We truly believe that the decision to utilise Embraer products for the creation of Azul was key to the success of the company.”The first delivery of an E-Jet to Azul took place in December 2008, making it the first Brazilian airline to operate an aircraft from the family. The initial agreement was for 36 firm orders: 31 E195s and five E190s. The airline currently operates a total of 88 E-Jets.In May 2015, Embraer and Azul signed a purchase agreement for 50 E195-E2 jets, with 30 firm orders and 20 additional purchase rights. The first delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.