Aircastle Limited has announced that it has repossessed its ten Airbus A320-200 aircraft that were previously on lease to Avianca Brazil. The ten A320-200 aircraft are now transitioning to committed long-term leases with a major international carrier.
Mike Inglese, Aircastle’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased to have reached an important milestone in the transition of these aircraft to a new global operator. In line with our expectations that these highly in-demand modern aircraft would be quickly placed, we now anticipate that these aircraft will return to service on their new leases during the current quarter.”
Embraer and Aircastle Holding Corporation Limited, which is a subsidiary of Aircastle Limited, announced today at the 51st International Paris Air Show a firm order for 25 E-Jet E2s, consisting of 15 E190-E2s and 10 E195-E2s with an additional 25 purchase rights for 15 E190-E2s and 10 E195-E2s, bringing the total potential order to up to 50 aircraft. The transaction will be included in Embraer’s 2015 second-quarter backlog.
Aircastle’s deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2018 for the E190-E2 and 2019 for the E195-E2 at a rate of roughly seven units per year through 2021. The new order brings the E-Jets E2 backlog to 267 firm orders plus 373 options and purchase rights.
The first E-Jet E2 (an E190-E2) is planned to be delivered in the first semester of 2018. The E195-E2 is scheduled to enter service in 2019 and the E175-E2 in 2020. The E-Jets E2 program reinforces Embraer’s commitment to continuously invest in the company’s line of commercial jets and to maintain its leadership position in the 70 to 130-seat aircraft segment. The E2s have state-of-the-art Pratt & Whitney PurePowerTM Geared Turbofan high by-pass ratio engines (PW1700G on the E175-E2, PW1900G on the E190-E2 and E195-E2). Combined with new aerodynamically advanced wings, full fly-by-wire flight controls, and improvements to other systems, the E2s will deliver significant reductions in fuel burn, maintenance costs, emissions, and external noise.