Lufthansa’s Italian subsidiary, Air Dolomiti wants more Embraer jets

German group also gave a nod to the Brazilian planemaker, stating that “doors are open” for the E2 model, defeated by the A220 in recent competition

After the bitter loss to Airbus in the selection for the new City Airlines jets, Embraer received words of hope from Lufthansa.

The Brazilian manufacturer offered the E195-E2 as the ideal aircraft for the German group’s new regional, but ended up being defeated by Airbus and the A220-300, which received 40 firm orders and 20 purchase options.

However, the “doors remain open” for Embraer, a spokesperson for the German carrier told Airinsight.

The airline intends to continue maintaining its relationship with the Brazilian company, which has a large fleet of 43 first generation E-Jets, between E190 and E195.

An indication of the aircraft’s good performance is the growth of Air Dolomiti, a subsidiary based in Italy that assumed the position of second largest carrier in the country in 2023, behind only ITA Airways.

Lufthansa City Line Embraer E190 (tjdarmstadt)

Speaking to Corriere Della Sera, the CEO of Air Dolomiti, Joerg Eberhart, revealed that the company will expand its fleet of Embraer jets from 20 to up to 26 aircraft in early 2025.

The E-Jets will be transferred from other subsidiaries of the German group, such as CityLine.

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Currently, there are 17 E195s on Austrian Airlines and six E190s on CityLine, in addition to the 17 E195s and three E190s that fly with Air Dolomiti.

Embraer aircraft have been in service for an average of 13 years, which indicates that a possible replacement could occur within a few years.