Azul E195-E2

Azul Linhas Aereas to “order” 13 Embraer E195-E2 jets

Announcement is promised during the Brazilian president’s visit to Embraer’s headquarters on Friday, but it would be part of an old order, placed in 2019

A Brazilian government minister of state anticipated that Azul Linhas Aéreas is expected to announce an order for 13 E195-E2 jets on Friday, during President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s visit to Embraer headquarters.

But, according to the local newspaper O Globo, the order would not be new but part of a 2019 agreement.

Azul currently operates 20 E195-E2 jets, with 136 seats, but has an order for 51 aircraft from Embraer and which has not yet begun to be delivered.

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So far, the Brazilian airline has received the new jet through leasing with several lessors such as Azorra, from the US.

The airline had already predicted that it will receive 13 E195-E2s during 2024.

LATAM Airbus A319 (Wilfredo Rafael Rodriguez Hernandez)

More Embraer jets flying in Brazil

President Lula has said on several occasions that Brazilian airlines should order more commercial jets from Embraer, to honor the indigenous aircraft.

However, only Azul flies with E-Jets, currently having 43 first generation E190s, in addition to 20 E195-E2s.

There is a sole E190-E2 with Placar Linhas Aéreas, but it is an VIP aircraft for charter and which also transports the Palmeiras football team during matches in South America.

The option for Embraer aircraft has been occasional in the country. If in the 70s, the military government determined the creation of regional airlines equipped with the EMB-110 Bandeirante turboprop, after that only a few companies became customers of the manufacturer.

Passaredo former Embraer ERJ 145 (Renato Spilimbergo Carvalho/CC)

Rio-Sul, a subsidiary of Varig, flew with ERJ-145 jets as well as the Passaredo, now VoePass. Before that, Nordeste and InterBrasil used EMB-120 turboprops, as did other small companies and air taxis companies.

Gol and LATAM, in turn, are far from Embraer jets. The first follows the philosophy of a single Boeing 737 fleet while the Chilean group does not fly aircraft with fewer than 144 seats.

This is a range of seats where the E195-E2 could operate, however, to date LATAM has not expressed any real interest in ordering it.


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