Jetairfly, the Belgian subsidiary of TUI Travel PLC (“TUI Travel”), one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups, has received the first of two EMBRAER 190 leased from BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing company. The aircraft was delivered during a ceremony at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The second E190 is due to follow during the first semester of 2013.
Jetairfly’s E190s are configured with 112 slim line seats in a single-class layout. The company plans to operate the aircraft from Brussels airport to various destinations in its European network including Faro in Portugal, Málaga in Spain, and Zakynthos in Greece.
“Not only are we welcoming a new customer to our portfolio of E-Jet operators, the airline’s selection is yet another endorsement of the versatility of the E-Jets product line”, said Paulo Cesar Silva, President and CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Jetairfly will deploy its E190s to offer its passengers more nonstop options more often and to more destinations.”
The delivery to Jetairfly broadens the range of business applications of E-Jets. The 70- to 120- seat, four-aircraft family is flying today with low fare airlines, in regional networks, with full-service mainline carriers and now with tour operators, like TUI Travel.
“We are very enthusiastic about welcoming this first EMBRAER 190 in Jetairfly’s fleet and start operations with this brand new aircraft. It will allow us to schedule new direct routes with one of the most eco-efficient aircraft, providing our passengers with a high level of comfort,” stated Elie Bruyninckx, Chairman of Jetairfly. “The E190 will help us to right size demand on some seasonal routes and lower our operational costs.”
“The introduction of this first E190 to Jetairfly’s fleet further consolidates our company’s partnership with TUI Travel PLC and also with Embraer. We are delighted to be the first aircraft leasing company to deliver the E190 to a tour operator and we are able to do it because the economics of the aircraft works for this business,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation.
Since entering revenue service in 2004, Embraer has received more than 1,000 E-Jet orders. There are over 60 customers from 40 countries who are operating E-Jets. More than 900 E-Jets have been delivered to customers around the world.