Azul Brazilian Airlines, the largest world operator of Embraer’s E195s will be the first operator of the E195-E2. Azul’s contract, according to Embraer is for up to 50 aircrafts, being 30 firm orders and 20 purchase rights.
Embraer Commercial Aviation’s CEO John Slaterry said that Azul played a key role in the E195-E2 development, even actively participating in some design specification making the aircraft the most efficient single-aisle aircraft in the market today.
Currently, Azul operates with 73 E-Jets in service. The E195-E2s will be configured by Azul in a comfortable single-class layout with 130 seats and the aircraft will entry into service with the airline in the first half of 2019.
Since it acquired its first E-Jet back in 2008, Azul has captured one third of Brazil’s domestic market. Today, it flies more than 70 E-Jets and is the carrier with the largest fleet of E195s in the world.
The E-Jets E2 backlog has 275 firm orders, in addition to Letters of Intent, options and purchase rights covering another 415 aircraft, totaling 690 commitments from airlines and leasing companies.