The E175 jet now has another customer in Africa, Overland Airways. The small Nigerian company received the first plane of three ordered last week, according to Embraer.
Overland operates regular and charter flights and should use its E175s to expand capacity on local flights. The jets have a two-class configuration and 88 seats.
The airline’s fleet comprises six ATR turboprops and a single Embraer ERJ 145. For this reason, the new aircraft is expected to expand Overland’s range and network.
“Overland has an ecosystem of aviation excellence crowned with its E175 fleet. With Embraer, we now have very flexible options to grow our fleet and capacity to meet all future demand,” said Airways Managing Director Capt. Edward Boyo.
“The delivery of Overland’s first new E175 marks the beginning of an exciting chapter for the airline and Embraer. Nigeria represents one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world; Overland and Embraer are committed to the support of its continued success with a product line perfectly suited to build connectivity across West Africa”, said Stephan Hannemann, Head of Africa & Middle East Region, Commercial Aviation.
According to Embraer, Overland built new corporate office and hangar facilities in Lagos. The airline is an Approved Maintenance Organization under the certification of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
The arrival of the new E175 in Nigeria comes days before another airline in the country, Air Peace, closes a new order for Embraer planes.