Brazilian airline Azul accepted the first Embraer E195-E2 at a ceremony held at the manufacturer’s São José dos Campos facility. The carrier, which has taken the jet on lease from AerCap, is the launch customer for the E2 and placed 51 firm orders.
Configured in a single-class layout seating 136 economy class passengers, the jet offers an additional 18 seats when compared with the E195-E1.
David Neeleman, Azul’s founder and chairman said: “Over the last ten years Azul [has] revolutionized the Brazilian aviation market. We have helped to double the domestic market by providing service to regions, cities and communities that have never had service before, all thanks to the Embraer E195-E1 aircraft. Now with the E195-E2 we are ready to launch the next chapter in Brazilian aviation.
We could not be [prouder] to bring this Brazilian aircraft, built with Brazilian technology and innovation, to the Brazilian skies.”
John Slattery, president and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation said: “Today’s delivery is a momentous occasion. It’s the largest commercial aircraft Embraer has ever built.
Passengers are going to love the new interior and airlines are going to love the extraordinary operating economics. It’s absolutely ideal for Azul’s low-fare business model and for AerCap’s fleet portfolio. I’m proud of everyone on the Embraer team who worked so hard to see this day.”