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Japan Airlines signs firm orders for up to 27 E-Jets

Japan Airlines, which currently operates 15 E170s through its regional subsidiary J-Air, has placed firm orders with Embraer S.A. for an additional 15 E-Jets as well as 12 E-Jets family options.

JAL’s 15 new jets will be a mixture of Embraer’s 170 and 190 models. President of Japan Airlines Yoshiharu Ueki explained, “Having the combination of E170s and E190s in our fleet will give us greater flexibility, enabling us to match capacity with demand on routes within our existing and future networks.”

Ueki continued, “We have been operating our E-Jets for five years and the aircraft have achieved an outstanding 99.7% dispatch reliability.”

“It is a reaffirmation of the family concept to see the E190 complementing the E170 fleet also in Japan, enhancing J-Air’s operations, and delivering a seamless passenger experience across its network,” added Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “The airline will benefit from the high level of commonality between the two E-Jet types.”

Also operated through J-Air, JAL’s new E-Jets will be based at Osaka’s Itami Airport, with delivery scheduled from 2015.

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