New Embraer E195-E2 customer TUI Fly received its first aircraft

Belgian leisure carrier will operate three Brazilian jets through leasing with AerCap and that flew by Belavia

TUI Fly Belgium’s first E195-E2 arrived in Brussels on May 5, after receiving livery from the leisure airline in Ireland.

The aircraft, with provisional registration EI-GYW, will be registered in the country as OO-ETB and is part of a three-jet leasing agreement between Embraer and AerCap.

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Configured with 136 seats, the E195-E2 will reinforce the medium-capacity fleet of TUI, which is one of the German group’s carriers.

The three E195-E2s that will be operated by TUI had a brief stint with Belavia, the state airline of Belarus.

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Diplomatic incident

The aircraft had been received at the end of 2020, but were withdrawn from service in October 2021 after the country was sanctioned for the hijacking of a Ryanair Boeing 737 carrying a journalist critical of President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.

After a brief storage period in Kazakhstan, the three Embraer aircraft were parked at Castellón–Costa Azahar Airport, in Spain, until April.

Belavia’s first E195-E2 (Embraer)

TUI Belgium is already an Embraer customer thanks to the four E190s inherited from the airline Jetairfly.

The E2 already fly in Europe on airlines such as KLM Cityhopper, Helvetic Airways, Binter Canarias and Wideroe.