Embraer started yet another demonstration tour of the E2 jet family around the world. The E195-E2 aircraft registration PR-ZIQ with its unmistakable “Tech Lion” livery has been in Southeast Asia since the 19th when it landed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
After a brief stay, where it was possibly introduced to potential customers such as Bamboo Airways, the E195-E2 jet took off towards Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
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There, Embraer’s largest commercial jet made a demonstration flight with Air Niugini executives, including its CEO, Bruce Alabaster, who stated that “we’re looking at options to replace the present Fokker fleet”.
Air Niuigini has a fleet of 13 Fokker 70 and 100 jets, some of which flew in Brazil on TABA and TAM carriers and have been in service for almost three decades.
Therefore, its replacement has been considered for a long time. Air Niugini has even expressed interest in the E2 family a few times, as well as in the rival A220, from Airbus. An E190-E2 had already made a demonstration flight in Port Moresby in July 2019.
“Air Niugini is looking to invest in replacement aircraft with latest state-of-the-art technology, enhanced fuel efficiency and additional safety features to serve our domestic and regional short haul markets and we’re happy to have Embraer back in Port Moresby to display their product,” said Alabaster.
After the presentation in Papua New Guinea, the Embraer E195-E2 flew to Melbourne, Australia.