Montreal - JetBlue Airways is looking for new 100-seaters to replace its 60 Embraer E190. The most probable candidates are Bombardier's CSeries and the Embraer's new generation E-Jet E2s.
JetBlue operates the E190s mainly on its high-frequency routes from Boston. Although they are only 9.5 years old on average, The low-cost carrier looks at the market to replace them due to the relatively high maintenance costs of the aircraft.
The airline told Reuters news agency that it is exploring a full range of options from maintaining the current fleet to a full replacement with an alternative aircraft type.
Thirty of the sixty E190s in service have been leased by JetBlue, and the leases will run until 2025. JetBlue was the launch customer of the E190 in 2005, and Embraer hopes to continue the relationship with the US operator over the next few years as well.
They fly A320 and increasingly the A321 and maybe the 100-seater is too small for them, so I have a solution: the E195-E2,had said John Slattery in an interview last year, Executive Vice President of Commercial Aviation at Embraer SA.
According to internal sources, Jet Blue Airways Corp met with Canadian aircraft manufacturer yesterday on February 26 and also had plans to meet with Brazilian manufacturer in a few days.
Airbus owns the majority stake (50.01%) of the Bombardier's CSeries program. At the same time, Boeing wants to establish a joint venture with Embraer to compete with Airbus in 100-150 seat market segment.