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Republic firms up Farnborough LoI for E-190s

Embraer and Republic Airways Holdings have confirmed the Letter of Intent (LoI) signed at this year’s Farnborough Airshow for the purchase of up to 24 Embraer 190s, plus 24 options, with conversion rights to Embraer 195s.

Six of the 24 E-Jets are firm orders and the other 18 aircraft should be confirmed on or before 15 April 2011. The new E-Jets – the 99-seat E-190 AR and the 116-seat E-195 AR – will be operated by Frontier Airlines and will be configured with Embraer’s new slim seats, which are less bulky and offer more space to passengers.

“After delivering 700 E-Jets to carriers around the world, it’s gratifying to see the largest E-Jet operator continuing to find new opportunities for our aeroplane family,” remarked Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer executive vice president, airline market.

“We are pleased to build on our well-established partnership with Embraer through this latest order,” commented Bryan Bedford, chairman, president and CEO of Republic Airways Holdings. “The E-Jets are a favourite among our passengers because of their comfort and amenities. They play an integral and growing role in our Frontier Airlines operations.”

Republic plans to take delivery of the six firm orders between August and December 2011. Each aircraft will be WiFi-enabled and configured with STRETCH seating, which offers Frontier customers in the first four rows an additional five inches of legroom.

"Increasing the average seats per aircraft of the Frontier network will help us further improve our cost efficiency and allow us to more closely pair capacity with demand in a number of markets," said Daniel Shurz, vice-president of strategy and planning.

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