Sao Paulo - On March 29, Embraer has delivered the first E175 jet to Mauritania Airlines during a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters, in São José dos Campos.
Last year, the African carrier signed a firm order with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer for two Embraer E175, which is valued at $93.8 million. With this delivery, the Mauritanian flag carrier becomes the first airline to operate the Embraer E175 in Africa.
“We celebrate with Mauritania Airlines the delivery of the first E175 aircraft to Africa. We are sure that the E175 will achieve in Africa the same success reached in other markets around the world, being recognized as the best aircraft in the 76-seats segment”, said Raul Villaron, Vice President of Sales for Middle East & Africa at Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The manufacturer is expected to deliver the second E175 jet in the second quarter of this year. The new jet of the airline is configured to accommodate 76 seats in a bi-class layout.
The new jet orders are part of the fleet modernization of the African operator to replace aging aircraft in the fleet with more modern jets.
“The introduction of the E175 in our fleet will allow us to add more frequencies and new destinations whilst enhancing the quality of passenger experience, and offering greater comfort with the best cabin in this category”, said CEO Mohamed Radhy Bennahi.
In addition to the new Embraer E175, Mauritania Airlines currently operates four Boeing 737 NG, one Boeing 737 MAX 8, and one Embraer ERJ145.