South African airline AirLink unveils special livery on Embraer plane

E195 jet received in April was painted in black to promote Skybucks loyalty program

The South African airline AirLink has drawn attention for the rapid growth of its fleet, made up mostly of Embraer jets.

The regional carrier has taken advantage of the crisis at South African Airways (SAA) to expand its routes in the country and region and for this reason has leased more E-Jets models.

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Former partner of SAA, Airlink displayed the painting of the best known airline in South Africa, but after the end of the partnership, it presented its own logo with a ‘sunbird’, a bird from the same family as the hummingbird, applied to the vertical stabilizer.

Airlink E195 with special livery (Chad Basiak)

This week, the airline surprised by revealing an E195 jet painted only in black and with the logo and name in white. The result was quite elegant on Embraer’s aircraft, the largest version of the E1 family.

The reason for the special painting is to publicize Skybucks, the airline’s loyalty program. The debut took place on Thursday, July 13th on a test flight from OR Tambo International Airport.

Airlink E190

“Some say flying has lost its allure, but as Southern Africa’s premier airline, we are putting glamor and style back in the skies. In addition to our top-class service provided by our friendly crew in their stylish new uniforms, we have dressed one of our svelte Embraer E-Jets in an elegant and chic little black number,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director Rodger Foster.

The jet chosen to display the livery, registration ZS-YDE, was received by AirLink in April through a lease with AerCap. The company operates 29 E-Jets of the E170, E190 and E195 versions, in addition to 26 ERJ 145s, a Boeing 737-300 and four Jetstream 41 turboprops.


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