Embraer announced today, at the 52nd International Paris Air Show, that it has signed an agreement with Japan Airlines for a firm order of an additional E190 after Embraer marks one year of E190 operations in Japan. Japan Airlines subsidiary J-AIR made its first E190 revenue flight in May 2016. J-AIR currently operates seven E190s and 17 E170s 24 E-Jets in total, with an additional eight E-Jets on backlog. The firm order has a value of USD 50.6 million, based on 2017 list prices, and will be included in Embraers 2017 second-quarter backlog.
The E190s have added value to our fleet strategy by enhancing seat capacity and dual-class products on regional routes, stimulating demand and contributing to the revitalization of regional routes, said Tetsuya Onuki, President of J-AIR Corporation. In our twelfth month of operations, the E190 fleet has shown a remarkable service reliability of 99.85%, enabling J-AIR to deliver on our on-time promise to customers.
J-AIRs combination of E170s and E190s in its fleet has enabled the airline to sustainably develop new routes and offer better customer convenience and comfort to their customers said Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation. We are proud to see how the E-Jets add value to JALs fleet strategy and we will continue to work hard to exceed their expectations.
J-AIRs E190 fleet is based at the airlines Osaka (Itami) base and features a dual-class arrangement with 95 seats, including the well-received Class J (business class) seats, and Free Video Program services for Wi-Fi devices. J-Airs E190s currently fly to seven routes in Japan now including service to Niigata from Osaka (Itami) and Sapporo which started from June 8 and network growth will continue to include cities like Tokyo (Haneda).
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