Posted on: 22 October 2010 by Mark Howells
Embraer has signed a contract with Fuji Dream Airlines for the sale of one Embraer 175, which is the fifth E-Jet in the airline’s fleet, plus one option.
The new aircraft will be configured in a single class with 84 seats. The deal is already included in Embraer’s firm order backlog for the third quarter of 2010 as an “Undisclosed” customer.
“We are honoured that Fuji Dream Airlines has reaffirmed its confidence in the E-Jets family and ordered another E-175,” commented Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer executive vice-president, airline market. “The re-order is a sign that our E-Jets have been instrumental in the birth and growth of a new airline, and provided it with an optimal tool to develop new routes, while providing their customers with a reliable and comfortable airplane.”
With this agreement, Fuji Dream will end 2010 with a total of five E-Jets (three EMBRAER 170s – one pre-owned and bought this year from Shuttle America – and two EMBRAER 175s).
“Since Fuji Dream started offering flights in July 2009, we have made significant progress in developing our network and business. This progress has been made possible partly due to the operational flexibility offered by the E-Jets family, especially the E-170 and E-175, which has allowed us to explore and capitalise on new routes,” remarked Tsuneji Sugawa, senior managing director of Fuji Dream Airlines.
Fuji Dream Airlines is the only airline in Japan with an all-Embraer E-Jets fleet. The company is part of the Suzuyo Group, which owns a full-flight simulator to provide pilot and fleet engineering training for its staff. The carrier has also signed a ten-year pool flight hour programme contract with Embraer to manage and facilitate all necessary spare parts for its E-Jets.