Posted on: 31 May 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Embraer has welcomed Bulgaria Air to its portfolio of E-Jet customers, with the airline planning to operate three Embraer 190s from Sofia, under a new agreement with a leasing company.
“It’s wonderful to have another customer endorsing our E-Jets philosophy in this region of Europe,” remarked Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer president, commercial aviation. “E-Jets are already flying with airlines in Moldova, Montenegro, and Ukraine. Bulgaria Air’s new E-190s will bring even more visibility to the potential for right sizing capacity, new market development and fleet renewal opportunities in the Balkans and Central Europe.”
Bulgaria Air’s new aircraft will be configured in a dual-class layout with 108 seats – eight Elite seats in the premium cabin and 100 slimline seats in economy. Deliveries are scheduled for the first and third quarters of 2012.
“Following a detailed analysis of the destinations to which we fly and taking into consideration the aircraft’s size, efficiency and passenger comfort, we selected the Embraer 190,” explained Yanko Georgiev, Bulgaria Air CEO. “The aircraft will reinforce our competitiveness, having the capacity to broaden our network and complement our narrowbody fleet. The well-established E-Jets family, already flying with many leading airlines around the world, like Lufthansa, Air France, LOT Polish Airlines, Air Canada, and US Airways, will help Bulgaria Air to develop new markets in a more economically efficient manner, whilst maintaining the very highest levels of comfort and service for its passengers.”