Congo Airways to replace its Q400s with brand-new E175 jets

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo - Congo's national airline Congo Airways has placed a firm order for two Embraer E175 jets with options for the purchase of two more aircraft of the same type.

The deal is valued at $94.4 million at current list prices if options for two more E175 jets are exercised.

Congo Airways E-jets will be configured to accommodate 76 passengers in total in a dual-class layout - 12 in Business Class and 64 in the Economy Class.

The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer will deliver the first aircraft to the airline in the fourth quarter of 2020.

These new jets will replace our current turboprop offering and allow us to serve routes both within the Democratic Republic of Congo, and regionally to West, Central, and Southern Africa, from our hub in Kinshasa. We will now have the flexibility and the right sized aircraft to serve our market, which is growing so rapidly an additional order may be required, for which the E2 is a particularly compelling option,

Congo Airways CEO Desire Bantu said.

The fleet of Congo Airways consists of four aircraft in total, two Airbus A320s, and two Bombardier (De Havilland) Q400s, which will be replaced by the new E175s.