Posted on: 09 December 2010 by Mark Howells
Embraer and Lufthansa have signed a contract for another eight new Embraer 195 jets to be operated within the Lufthansa Regional family serving destinations across Europe.
“Supported by Germany’s economy recovery, Lufthansa demand is strongly growing this year, and is being sustained by a significant upturn in yields,” said Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer executive vice-president, airline market. “It’s good to see that strength reflected in Lufthansa’s confidence to grow its E-Jets fleet. This is an excellent showcase for the flexibility, performance capabilities and passenger comfort of the E-Jets family, particularly in the highly demanding German and Eastern European markets.”
The Lufthansa Group had previously ordered a mixed fleet of 30 Embraer 190s and 195s for its regional fleet, in June 2007, most of which are already in service. Deliveries of the additional eight aircraft are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2012.
“With the E-190s and the E-195s, Embraer offers highly modern, more eco-efficient aircraft that increase cost efficiency while at the same time offering great benefits to passengers. Especially with European traffic becoming increasingly competitive, those are the qualities we are looking for, in order to maintain a modern and highly efficient fleet at Lufthansa Regional,” exaplined Nico Buchholz, executive vice-president, fleet management, Lufthansa Group. “Our passengers highly value the aircraft’s comfort. The cabin configuration offers them even more personal living space and the modern cabin interior increases onboard comfort.”
E-Jets are already in service with Lufthansa Regional partner carriers Augsburg Airways, Air Dolomiti and CityLine. Upon delivery of the eight Embraer 195s, 38 E-Jets will be flying for Lufthansa Regional, making it the operating entity with the largest fleet of E-Jets in continental Europe.