16 SEPTEMBER 2019
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Brazil’s largest carrier Azul has taken delivery of the world’s first Embraer 195-E2 aircraft at its main facility in São José dos Campos. The company is due to receive a further five of the aircraft from Embraer before the end of the year.
The aircraft was delivered by Dublin-based leasing company AerCap Holdings, the launch lessor customer of Embraer E2s, with 50 E190-E2s and E195-E2s owned and on order. It has placed 47 of the 50.
The 195-E2s ordered by Azul are powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and seat 136 passengers, 18 more than the E1 model and 30 more than the current E190-E1.
Configured with no middle seat, the 195-E2 also has premium extra legroom seating streaming live TV and individual power outlets. Onboard wi-fi is reported to be coming to the model soon.
Embraer, which has just celebrated its 50th birthday, is finding its aircraft are popular in the regional marketplace and also growing in popularity with mainline carriers – easyJet is currently wet leasing an E190 from German company WDL Aviation (BTN 15 July).
United Airlines has also placed a firm order for 20 Embraer 70-seat E175s, with an option for a further 19.
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