Hunnu Air has received its second Embraer E190. The aircraft was leased by ACIA Aero Leasing and landed at Ulaanbaatar Chinggis Khaan International Airport on Saturday 16 September.
The company held a grand ceremony to take delivery of the jet, which joined the first E190 delivered in 2019. The carrier also has an ATR 42-500 in its fleet.
“With the new aircraft, we are confident that our company will be able to contribute to the development of tourism in Mongolia by increasing the number of international and domestic flights”, says an excerpt from the statement published on its social networks.
The JU-1812 registration jet was originally delivered to Kazakhstan’s Air Astana in 2012, where it flew until 2020, returning to its lessor, Goshawk Aviation.
Last year, ACIA acquired the aircraft, keeping it stored in the Netherlands until takeoff for Mongolia on Friday.
Hunnu Air was founded in 2011 and belongs to a mining company. Named Mongolian Airlines, the carrier decided to change its name in 2013, so as not to be confused with MIAT Mongolian Airlines, the country’s main international airline.
Flights began with two Fokker 50 turboprops and in 2012 two Airbus A319s were leased, allowing Hunnu Air to launch international flights to Japan, China and France.
However, in 2014, a financial crisis forced the airline to return the A319s and suspend plans to acquire a widebody A330.