Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has sold a third E-Jet – an Embraer 175 – to Japan's Fuji Dream Airlines, a company of the Suzuyo Group. The original contract, signed in November 2007 with the Suzuyo Group, covered a firm order for two Embraer 170s and purchase rights for another aircraft of the same model.
That contract was amended, opening the way for Fuji Dream to order the Embraer 175. This transaction is already included in Embraer's first quarter firm order backlog.
"Demonstrating Fuji Dream's confidence in our E-Jets family, the confirmation of this purchase is remarkable," stated Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. "Brazil and Japan have a long-standing cultural and business partnership, which we are proud to expand, and we will continue working hard to exceed Fuji Dream's expectations."
Fuji Dream already received its first two Embraer 170s and will start revenue services in July. The delivery of the new aircraft model, the Embraer 175, is scheduled to take place in 2010. It will be configured in a single class with 84 seats, enhancing the flexibility of the airline's fleet.
Currently, more than 250 aircraft of these models are flying, worldwide, including in Japan, delivering high reliability, outstanding cabin comfort and superior economics to airline customers and passengers.
The Embraer 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets – Embraer 170, Embraer 175, Embraer 190 and Embraer 195 – with seating capacities from 70 to 122 seats.
On March 31, 2009, the E-Jets family had logged 875 firm orders and 792 options. With nearly 600 aircraft delivered, these four jets had surpassed 2.4 million flight hours, carrying over 110 million passengers.
Embraer and KLM Cityhopper, KLM's regional subsidiary, signed a contract for another seven Embraer 190 jets, confirming the options in the original contract, announced in August 2007.
The Dutch airline still has 11 options to buy Embraer jets. The initial deliveries of this new order should take place during the first semester of 2010.
"We could not be more honored and proud than we are of this confirmation by KLM Cityhopper and the Air France KLM Group," said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market.
"With this deal, KLM, which is one of the world's most admired and respected airline companies, confirms that the E-Jets are the aircraft of choice for modernizing its regional fleet."
At the present time, KLM Cityhopper operates four Embraer 190 jets on its regional European routes. By the end of this year, KLM Cityhopper will have taken delivery of ten Embraer 190 jets to replace its 15 oldest Fokker 100 jets. All of the Embraer 190's for KLM Cityhopper will be configured with 100 seats.
"KLM Cityhopper is impressed with the excellent performance of its first four Embraer 190 from an operational-technical and customer perspective," said Boet Kreiken, Managing Director of KLM Cityhopper. "The markets we operate on and our passengers have recognized the same as we have received many compliments in the meantime."