Posted on: 20 May 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Tianjin Airlines, a subsidiary of the HNA Group, has signed a firm purchase order with Embraer for 20 E195 and two E190-E2 aircraft, becoming the first Chinese airline to order from the E-Jet E2 series.
The first E195 will be delivered in 2015 and the first E190-E2 is scheduled for delivery in 2018. This order will be incorporated in Embraer’s 2015 second-quarter backlog.
An initial agreement between the two companies for 40 aircraft was announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s State visit to Brazil in July 2014. The remaining 18 E190-E2s are due to receive a second
approval by the Chinese authorities at a later date.
Tianjin Airlines was the launch customer for the E190 in China and currently operates the largest E-Jet fleet in Asia. It is also the first carrier to be appointed as an Authorised Service Centre for Embraer aircraft in China. Furthermore, the carrier announced plans to install the Embraer AHEAD-PRO system for across its 50 E190s, becoming the first user of this system in China.
“We are honoured to confirm this repeated order for our largest client in Asia,” commented Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “China is growing very fast and there is a need for smaller narrowbody jets to support efficient hub-and-spoke operations, complementing larger narrowbody aircraft operations, thus providing an ideal balance of frequency and seats, encouraging the development of new markets with lower risks and incremental capacity, while generating significant demand for new aircraft in this category.”
“As the number of passengers is growing in China, these E195s will be very important to support Tianjin Airlines’ strategy to attend this demand,” remarked Du Xiaoping, chairman of Tianjin Airlines. “We are very satisfied with the E190s that are currently in operation and are sure that the new aircraft will allow us to achieve our development objectives.”