Posted on: 01 February 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Embraer’s asset management and leasing subsidiary, ECC Leasing, has arranged the lease of three ERJ 135s from Régional to Air Namibia.
The deal was concluded in accordance with the exclusive remarketing mandate awarded to ECC by Régional. The aircraft will replace some of the airline’s turboprops and are set to be delivered in March 2011.
“We are very pleased to welcome Air Namibia to the growing family of African operators choosing to acquire pre-owned Embraer aircraft,” commented Mark Dunnachie, managing director, ECC Leasing. “The fact that the aircraft are being sourced from ECC, through a mandate from Air France Régional, reinforces our reference position as the leading source in the market for pre-owned Embraer aircraft.”
The aircraft, configured in a 37-seat layout, will be operated from Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH), as well as Eros Airport (ERS), located near downtown of the capital city Windhoek. They will be dedicated to domestic flights.
“We are eager to introduce our first ERJ, as we wish to bring modern, reliable aircraft to service the growing requirements of the Namibian domestic and inter-regional services,” explained Ben Dahwa, general manager, technical operations, Air Namibia. “These regional jets, with an undeniably high level of comfort, will replace our oldest turboprops, improving reliability and quality of service.”