Posted on: 19 July 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Embraer has announced the signing of an additional contract with Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras for five more Embraer 195 aircraft, thus revealing a buyer included in its firm order backlog for the second quarter of 2010 listed as “Undisclosed customer”.
The five E-195 jets will be delivered this year, and by December, Azul will have 26 E-Jets in its exclusively Embraer fleet. After adding in the 36 aircraft ordered in March 2008 (five E-190s and 31 E-195s), Azul now has a total of 41 firm orders for Embraer jets, as well as options for another 20 aircraft and purchase rights for 20 more.
“There is no greater sense of satisfaction for a manufacturer than to receive more orders from an important customer,” remarked Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer executive vice-president, airline market. “This new order confirms the customer’s confidence in our product. We are building a successful commercial partnership with Azul that I am certain will continue for many years.”
“Our customers love the safety, comfort, and reliability of the E-Jets. This additional order is fundamental for accelerating Azul’s growth even more,” explained David Neeleman, chairman of Azul. “This contract also strengthens our ties with Embraer and, above all, it is undisputed proof of our belief in stimulating air traffic in Brazil with Azul’s winning formula that allies excellent services with affordable prices.”
Azul’s E-195s are configured for 118 passengers in a single class. They have a full inglight entertainment system, with individual monitors, by which each passenger may select the programming of their preference.