JAL adds one Embraer 170

After delivering 10 Embraer 170s to Japan Airlines (JAL), Embraer has signed an amendment to the original contract, signed in June 2007, for one further new E-170.

As the previous aircraft, this E-170 will be configured for 76 passengers, in a single class, and will be operated by J-AIR, a wholly owned subsidiary of JAL serving the company’s regional network in Japan. Delivery is planned for the fourth quarter of 2012.

“JAL’s latest order is an important recognition of the E-Jets excellent performance in terms of schedule reliability, comfort and economics,” noted Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer president, commercial aviation. “We continue to build a solid relationship with JAL, which has been deploying our E-Jets to right-size some of its narrowbody markets and developing new routes across Japan.”

“With this additional Embraer 170 order, Japan Airlines continues the process of optimising its domestic route network, begun in February 2009, when the first E-Jet started commercial service at J-Air,” remarked Tsuyoshi Yamamura, J-AIR president and JAL executive officer. “The E-170 is extremely popular for a variety of reasons. First, with our business customers because it allows us to add flights as demand in key markets grows; second, our shareholders because of the fleet’s economic contribution to our turnaround plan; and third, our operations department because it is among the most reliable aeroplanes we operate today.”

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