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LOT converts four E-175 orders to E-195s

Embraer has signed a contract with LOT Polish Airlines to convert four Embraer 175 firm orders to the Embraer 195 model.

In the fourth quarter of 2007, the Polish airline placed an additional firm order for 12 E-175s (at that time, the company operated six E-170s and four E-175s). Four aircraft were delivered in 2009 and four will be delivered by the end of this year. The four remaining jets have now been converted into firm orders for Embraer 195s with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2011. The airline also holds two options and ten purchase rights for E-175s.

“LOT’s selection of the E-195 is testimony of the airline’s confidence in our E-Jet family,” remarked Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer executive vice-president, airline market.

LOT Polish Airlines was the first operator of E-Jets in Europe, flying out of its Warsaw hub with the E-170 in March 2004. The E-195, the largest of the four-member E-Jets family, will complement the airline’s existing fleet of 10 E-170s (four leased) and ten E-175s (two leased), expanding its European route network and replacing its narrowbody aircraft. The jets will be configured in a comfortable dual-class cabin layout with 112 seats.

“The E-Jet family is a pivotal element in our business plan to rationalise fleet development and to support our network expansion from the Warsaw hub,” said Sebastian Mikosz, CEO of LOT Polish Airlines. “The Embraer 195, with the right seat capacity, will be used on our European network, enabling us to benefit from the E-Jets commonality to improve profits.”

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