Posted on: 31 January 2011 by Mark Howells
Embraer and Dniproavia, a member of the Ukrainian Aviation Group Alliance, have confirmed an agreement for the airline to lease ten Embraer 190s, with options for a further five.
The aircraft will be operated by Dniproavia, in co-operation with another alliance member, AeroSvit, and will be placed under a lease structure to be arranged by a third party.
“There is no greater sense of satisfaction for a manufacturer, like Embraer, than to expand its customer base and welcome a new partner into the E-Jets family, especially in eastern Europe,” commented Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer executive vice-president, airline market. “We are very proud to be part of the solid growth of the Ukrainian Aviation Group. We already have a successful partnership with Dniproavia, whose ERJ 145 fleet will reach 25 planes this year, and we are confident that the performance capabilities of the E-190 will allow Dniproavia and its partners to satisfactorily spread their wings into the European market.”
Dniproavia’s E-190s will be configured in a dual-class layout, seating up to 104 passengers. The first two aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2011. All 10 aircraft will serve the Alliance’s domestic and international destinations mainly from the Kiev Boryspil (KBP) hub.
“The strong brand awareness, economics and performance in combination with high level of cabin comfort for our passengers are the key drivers in the selection of the Embraer 190s. Operating the E-190 alongside our narrowbody aircraft will allow us to substantially expand our domestic and intra-European network,” remarked Vadim Shvitay, executive secretary of Ukrainian Aviation Group.