Tarawa - The government of Kiribati has placed an order of two Embraer E190-E2 with two options for Air Kiribati, the national flag carrier of the country. The order is valued at $243 million, including purchase rights.
Air Kiribati will receive its next-generation E-jets next year. The airline currently has only one aircraft in its fleet - a Dash 8-100. The new jets will allow the flag carrier of Kiribati to include longer domestic and international routes in its network than it currently has.
The order came after a three-week introduction tour in the Asia Pacific region in October with an Embraer E190-E2 displaying a special "Shark" livery. During the tour, the aircraft made a stop in Tarawa as well, the capital of Kiribati. Comprised of more than 30 islands, Kiribati spans four time zones and is the only country in the world to stand in all four hemispheres.
We warmly welcome Air Kiribati to the Embraer family and we will work closely with the airline as they transition to the E190-E2 through our extensive entry-into-service package and world-class support team in the region,said Cesar Pereira, Asia Pacific Vice President, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
We were impressed with what we saw when the E190-E2 visited Kiribati in October. The E190-E2’s capabilities will empower us to enhance connectivity within our country and beyond, taking our nation to its next phase of growth,said Willie Tokataake, Minister for Information, Communication, Transport, and Tourism Development of the Kiribati Government.
Thanks to its range of up to 2,850 nautical miles, the Embraer E190-E2 can operate over the country which is dispersed to a vast area on the Pacific. The E190-E2 can also fly directly from Tarawa to Christmas Islands, one of the most challenging routes in the Pacific. The current domestic flight to Kiritimati (Christmas Islands) from Tarawa is served by a turboprop aircraft and requires an international stopover in Fiji.
The E190-E2 is the first member of Embraer’s new generation E2 jet family to enter into service with the launch company Wideroe (April 2018). The airplane can accommodate between 70 to 150 passengers depending on the cabin configuration choice of the operator.
Embraer has increased its presence in the region over time since the first Embraer aircraft (EMB 100), a 15-seat turboprop, was delivered to Australia in 1978. The manufacturer provides comprehensive support and services for years to Embraer aircraft based in Australia and the Pacific region.