African airline pays debt to Embraer and returns to flying with its ERJ 145

Moçambique Expresso is a subsidiary of the state-owned LAM and has been without access to aircraft since the beginning of September

Regional airline Moçambique Expresso (MEX) resumed its regular flights with the ERJ 145 jet on Wednesday after a hiatus of almost two weeks.

The company, which is a subsidiary of the state-owned LAM – Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique, had access to its three ERJ 145 jets on Tuesday night after paying a debt of US$1.2 million to Embraer.

Because of this, the Brazilian manufacturer had suspended access to the FlyEmbraer platform, used for fleet management, according to Lusa, a Portuguese news agency.

Moçambique Expresso has a fleet of five aircraft, including three ERJ 145s, one Dash 8-200 and one CRJ. Only the turboprop was active during this time interval.

Moçambique Expresso ERJ 145 (MEX)

MEX’s financial difficulty is related to the precarious situation of Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique, which has not transferred the amounts owed to the regional company, according to its directors.

The flag airline is being managed by the South African company Fly Modern Ark (FMA), at the request of the government of Mozambique.

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Of the three ERJ 145s, only the C9-MEX registration aircraft was reactivated, taking on domestic flights and also the route between Maputo and Johannesburg.

Embraer aircraft were acquired used between 2013 and 2015 and previously operated in subsidiaries of Air France.


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