Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) delivered to Breeze Airways on Tuesday the first Embraer E190 of a 15-aircraft leasing agreement signed in 2020. The aircraft, registered N90NA, was originally purchased by Air Canada in 2007 and flew with the company until 2019. In recent months, the jet was in Costa Rica, receiving modifications and the livery from Breeze.
“This announcement coincides with significant interest in the E190 worldwide. Regional aircraft like the E190 were the first to be returned to service as they are ideally suited to serve post COVID demand. This aircraft type is once again experiencing a resurgence as it allows airlines to continue to profitably service all of their pre-COVID markets and retain pre-COVID frequency. The Breeze team has vast experience with the E-Jet family, and we are excited to work with them as they begin their new airline with the E190, an aircraft type ideally suited to their exciting new network,” said NAC’s CCO, Jim Murphy.
“We couldn’t be happier with our partnership with Nordic Aviation Capital and to take delivery of our first Embraer E190 from NAC. We look forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship together as well as the next 14 aircraft,” said David Neeleman, founder of Breeze.
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Breeze, which is due to debut in the US market in 2021, also has an agreement with Azul Linhas Aéreas, a company founded by the same Neeleman, to receive E195 aircraft, with greater capacity. The first of these planes was delivered in late December and received registration N190BZ.
Embraer’s planes will be used as a support fleet for the Airbus A220-300, ordered by Breeze from Airbus. The first plane is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of this year.