The E195-E2, Embraer’s largest commercial jet, won its first customer in Southeast Asia, SKS Airways, from Malaysia.
The regional airline signed a leasing agreement for 10 aircraft from lessor Azorra, the first two of which will start in January 2024.
They will be the first E195-E2s to operate in Southeast Asia, in agreement signed during the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’23), which takes place in Kuala Lumpur, the country’s capital.
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The E195-E2s will operate from Subang Airport, in the central region of Kuala Lumpur and which is being expanded by the Malaysian government to be a base for regional flights.
SKS Airways, focused on leisure and charter flights, will configure its E195-E2 with 136 seats, 20 less than the maximum capacity of the aircraft.
“We are delighted to announce the successful signing of these agreements with leading industry players like Embraer and Azorra who share our vision for the future of air travel. With these strategic partnerships, we are excited to embark on a new phase of growth, with a fleet of Embraer’s Jets operating out of Subang,” said Dato’ Rohman Ahmad, Director of SKS Airways.
“The E2 is the aircraft family of choice for airlines around the world seeking to develop their regional routes. As the most modern and efficient single-aisle aircraft, the E195-E2 will deliver a step change for our first Malaysian operator, SKS Airways, as it grows regional connectivity within Malaysia and beyond,” says Martyn Holmes, Director of Sales for Malaysia. Embraer Commercial Aviation.
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John Evans, CEO of Azorra, says: “We are pleased to partner with SKS Airways on this unique opportunity to be a part of the future expansion of Subang Airport. We believe Embraer’s new technology E2 is the perfect fit for a redeveloped, premier aviation hub near the heart of Kuala Lumpur, reducing travel times and improving connectivity in the region.”
The new announcement comes days after Scoot, a low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, signed an agreement to receive nine E190-E2 jets with leasing company Azorra, marking the debut of Embraer’s new generation of commercial jets in the South Africa region. Pacific.