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Embraer and Austral seal contract for 20 E-190s

The contract for the sale of 20 Embraer 190 jets to Austral Líneas Aéreas of Argentina, originally announced in May 2009, has been finalised.

From the 20 jets on order, three were already included in Embraer’s firm order backlog of the first quarter of 2010, as “Undisclosed”.

The E-190s ordered are the Advanced Range (AR) model, which can fly nonstop for 2,400 nautical miles (4,400 km). The passenger cabin configuration, with four seats per row, will have a total of 96 seats divided into two classes: eight in the executive and 88 in the economy. All passengers will have a modern inflight entertainment system with individual monitors.

Austral will use the aircraft mainly to substitute older jets on domestic routes, to increase current flight frequencies, and to serve new cities. The E-Jets will allow the airline to fly any route within Argentina’s territory, nonstop.

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