São José dos Campos, Brazil, November 14, 2012 - Embraer
has signed a firm order of four EMBRAER 190s jets with
Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), the national carrier of
Azerbaijan. Deliveries are planned to start in the third
quarter of 2013. The total value of the deal is USD 180.8
million, at list price, which will be included in Embraer's
fourth quarter of 2012 backlog.
AZAL has also purchased from Embraer, through its
wholly-owned subsidiary ECC leasing, two pre-owned EMBRAER
170s, the first of which will be delivered in the second
quarter of 2013. By the end of next year, six E-Jets will
be flying in AZAL's domestic and international networks
from Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD), the
carrier's main base at Baku, Azerbaijan capital.
"The Azerbaijan Airlines order increase Embraer presence in
Eastern Europe, a region where we see a strong potential
for the E-Jets to help airlines efficiently renew their
fleets and open new routes," said Paulo Cesar Silva,
Embraer President & CEO, Commercial Aviation. "Azerbaijan
geographical strategic position offers excellent potential
for developing air links with Europe/CIS, the Middle East
and Asia. With both the E170 and E190, AZAL will have the
flexibility to grow with an ideal combination of frequency
and seat capacity that only the E-Jets family can
AZAL is introducing E-Jets as part of a fleet renewal
strategy that includes replacement of its turboprop fleet.
The carrier will configure its E170s and E190s in single
class with 76 and 106 Elite seats, respectively. The
aircraft will enable the airline to increase frequencies
between Baku and Nakhchievan and to introduce new local and
international services to cities such as Odessa, Volgograd,
Sochi, Donestsk and others.
"The EMBRAER 190 is the ideal aircraft for the speed and
range we need to open new routes. It's a really
versatile airplane that will give us the ability to fly to
both domestic and international markets where we see strong
growth potential," said Jahangir Askerov, President and
Chairman of the Board of Azerbaijan Airlines CJSC. "And
with the EMBRAER 170, we can better match seat capacity to
variations in demand across the network. The commonality of
the two airplanes is a tremendous benefit, too."
Azerbaijan Airlines becomes the 25th E-Jet customer in
Europe. AZAL also joins a growing list of customers in
Eastern Europe and Central Asia that have identified E-Jets
as their aircraft of choice: AeroSvit, Air Astana, Air
Moldova, Belavia, Bulgaria Air, Dniproavia, Estonian Air,
LOT Polish, and Montenegro Airlines.
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