Sao Paulo, Brazil - On Sept 12, Embraer delivered the first E195-E2 jet to the launch customer Azul Linhas Aéreas with a special ceremony held at the Sao Jose dos Campos facilities of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer.
The aircraft, which was leased from the Irish lessor AerCap, is the largest commercial aircraft ever produced in Brazil.
Passengers will love the new interior, and airlines will be impressed by its extraordinary operational efficiency. It is undoubtedly the ideal aircraft for Azul's business model and AerCap's fleet portfolio. I am proud of all Embraer staff who worked hard to produce it,
John Slattery said, the president and CEO of the Embraer Commercial Aviation.
Known for being an Embraer customer since its foundation, the Brazilian carrier has ordered a total of 51 E195-E2 jets, and stands out as the launch customer of this model worldwide.
Everyone at AerCap is excited to deliver Azul's first Embraer E195-E2. There is no doubt that this aircraft acquisition will take the two leading companies of Brazil to a new level. We wish Embraer and Azul every success with the E-Jets E2 program and look forward to working with two companies for many, many years,
said Aengus Kelly, CEO of AerCap.
The aircraft is configured to accommodate 136 economy-class seats in a single-class layout. Compared to the first-generation E195 jet, the new E195-E2 is three meters longer (41.5 meters). The wingspan was also extended to 35.1 meters from 28 meters.
Azul's E195-E2 will be stationed at Santos Dumont Airport near Rio de Janeiro and will carry out its first commercial flight between Campinas (Viracopos) and Brasilia next month.
Photos: Pedro Viana AeroFlap