Posted on: 21 September 2012 by Mark Howells
The first Embraer 190 for Venezuelan airline Conviasa, part of a deal signed in July 2012 for six plus 14 options, has been delivered to the airline. The contract also includes a flight simulator and a logistics package to support operations for the next five years.
The delivery ceremony was attended by Brazil’s vice-minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Ricardo Scheafer, representing the Minister Fernando Pimentel, the Venezuelan Minister for Air & Aquatic Transportation, Elsa Gutiérrez Graffe, ambassadors and other officials from both countries, besides Embraer and Conviasa executives.
“We are certain that the E-190 will have an extremely important role in the development of Conviasa and Venezuela’s air transportation, due to its versatility, comfort and low operational cost”, said Paulo Cesar Silva, president of Embraer, Commercial Aviation. “Additionally, Conviasa’s entry into the E-Jet family of customers strengthens our leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean where we have over a 70% share of the commercial aviation market in the 120-seat jet segment.”
“The new Embraer aircraft will allow us to interconnect national and international destinations at a regional level, with much more quality,” said César Martínez Ruiz, president of Conviasa. “Thus, we position Venezuela as an air transport provider with modern and efficient aircraft for the rendering of public service to all Conviasa passengers.”
The Venezuelan airline’s E-190s are configured with 104 seats in a single economy class.