Posted on: 22 March 2011 by Mark Howells
Embraer has delivered the first E-175 to Oman Air in a ceremony at the company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
The deal was originally announced in November 2009 and includes firm orders for five Embraer 175s, plus options for another five. Oman Air’s E-175s are configured with 71 seats, in a dual-class layout, with 11 seats in the business class and 60 in economy.
“Defining itself as a ‘boutique airline’ in the Gulf area, Oman Air offers its customers outstanding service in a highly demanding market,” noted Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer executive vice-president, airline market.
“The E-Jets are the ideal platform from which we can expand our regional route network and better align frequency with demand,” explained Peter Hill, CEO of Oman Air. “Having this flexibility allows us to introduce more point-to-point routes currently not sustainable with larger aircraft, as well as upgrading our services to domestic destinations like Khasab and other new airports currently being developed within the Sultanate of Oman.”
Oman Air has also signed an Embraer Pool Flight Hour Program service contract to provide replacement parts and eliminate the need for inventory investments.