Airlink, Southern Africa’s largest independent regional airline, is joining the E-Jet operator’s family. The airline is acquiring five E-Jets – three E170s and two E190s, from ECC Leasing, a wholly-owned Embraer subsidiary. Airlink will start to receive the aircraft in the first half of 2017.
Airlink already operates a large fleet of ERJ aircraft – last December, the airline started to add 11 further ERJ 140 jets to its fleet. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2017, the airline will be operating 30 ERJs, comprising all three types – ERJ 135, ERJ 140 and the ERJ 145.
Rodger Foster, CEO of Airlink, said, “This is the beginning of the implementation of a well planned growth and modernization strategy for Airlink that includes replacing our current fleet of Avro RJ85s over the next three years. The strategy calls for a total of 13 E-Jets, and we are in the process of sourcing the balance of the fleet requirement – an additional 8 E190s – from the market.”
TAP Portugal’s first Embraer 190 is already flying across the European skies, operating on the company’s regional network in TAP Express livery. The new E190, CS-TPW (msn 19000550), made its maiden flight for TAP on Monday, May 23, with flight TP488, from Lisbon to Nice (France), departing Lisbon at 08:55 am.
The entry into service of the E190 aircraft is part of TAP’s regional fleet renewal strategy – the fleet will soon include nine E190 and eight ATR 72 aircraft – operating for TAP Express, the new branded product recently launched by TAP. TAP Express now replaces former PGA for regional operations, thus reinforcing TAP’s corporate identity and granting a more consistent brand and product.
The E190 aircraft operated by TAP Express will replace the Fokker 100s, which have been in operation for some years. With this new fleet – more modern and efficient – TAP will be able to significantly upgrade services provided to customers, both in comfort and reliability, also improving its operational regularity and punctuality.
With capacity for 106 passengers, the Embraer 190 displays comfortable seats (known as Slim Seats) in a cabin configuration of 2 + 2 seats per row that offer excellent in-flight comfort, and is often considered by passengers as the most comfortable aircraft in its segment.
In addition to the Lisbon-Nice route, the new E190 also operated from Lisbon to Barcelona and Toulouse (for a night-stop) in its first day in operation with TAP Express.
JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced it is adding a new route between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The airline will also add additional frequencies in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, its South Florida focus city, and at Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston, where JetBlue is the largest airline. S
Roundtrip flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, will operate daily beginning May 5, 2016, on JetBlue’s Embraer 190 aircraft (above).
In addition to the new route, JetBlue is adding flights to some of its routes on the east coast. Starting May 5, 2016 the airline will add an additional daily roundtrip flight between Boston and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). The addition comes as JetBlue has grown significantly this year in Baltimore, recently adding service to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood just last month.
Also beginning May 5, 2016, JetBlue will add an additional daily roundtrip nonstop flight between Boston and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.
Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N184JB (msn 19000008) taxies to the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
JetBlue Airways (New York) has applauded the United States Department of Transportation on its announcement of a liberalized aviation treaty with the government of Mexico.
The agreement, signed yesterday (December 18) in Washington, lifts longstanding restrictions on the number of carriers allowed to operate on any given route between the U.S. and Mexico, opening the door for carriers to add unlimited new transborder air service effective January 1, 2016.
JetBlue, which operates an extensive network across Latin America and the Caribbean, has served Mexico since 2006. Today the airline operates service to Cancún and Mexico City from several U.S. gateways including Boston; Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla.; New York-JFK; and Orlando.
Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N274JB (msn 19000082) holds short of the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport hub.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add up to 20 Embraer 190 and 20 new Boeing 737-900 ER jets acquired through a new agreement with The Boeing Company.
The agreement is part of the airline’s continued strategy to improve its efficiency by adding additional 737-900 ERs and upgauging its mainline fleet with the nearly 100-seat, twin-engine E190 jets while reducing the use of small regional aircraft.
The order announced today offered Delta more compelling economics over a previously cancelled order that also included Boeing-held E190s.
Expected to begin flying in early 2017, Embraer’s unique cabin design in the E190 includes two-by-two seating throughout the Main Cabin, one-by-two in First Class, and large overhead bins and oversized windows.
The additional Boeing 737-900 ERs will bring the total in Delta’s fleet to 120 by 2019. The aircraft features large overhead bins and audio/video seatback entertainment with 20 seats in First Class, 21 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 139 seats in the Main Cabin.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-932 ER WL N827DN (msn 31938) is named for C.E. Woolman, Principal Founder and the First CEO of Delta Air Lines.
Finnair (Helsinki) has announced its has received permission to transfer its 60 percent stock ownership in Nordic Regional Airlines to StaffPoint Holding Oy and Kilco Oy. Finnair wiill retain a 40 percent interest in the regional feeder airline. Here is the official statement:
The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has approved the transaction in which Finnair transfers 60% of the shares in Nordic Regional Airlines AB to StaffPoint Holding Oy and Kilco Oy. Upon completion of the sale, StaffPoint’s ownership in the joint venture will be 45%, Kilco’s 15% and Finnair’s 40%. The transaction is expected to close in November 2015.
Finnair-Nordic Regional aircraft slide show:
Copyright Photo Below: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Nordic Regional operates ATR 72s and Embraer regional jets for Finnair in Finnair colors. Embraer ERJ 190-100LR OH-LKL (msn 19000153) taxies at Zurich.
Colorful Guizhou Airlines (Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China) has announced it will commence operations on December 28 with Embraer E190s. As previously announced by Embraer on June 15, 2015, the manufacturer had concluded an agreement with the new airline for 17 E190s.
CGA is the first locally-owned airline in China’s Guizhou Province. The contract is for seven firm orders with the first delivery in December 2015.
Colorful Guizhou Airlines is Embraer’s fifth E-Jet customer in China and the first in the southwest of the country.
Colorful Guizhou Airlines was established by the Guizhou Industrial Investment (Group) Company, Limited.
CGA will target operating to cities in Guizhou and neighboring provinces. Its entrance marks the end of the absence of a locally-owned airline in Guizhou and the start of improvements to regional aviation in western China.
The scope of the carrier’s business covers transport of cargo, aviation advertising, mail delivery, cabin supply, catering industry, tourism and real estate industry. The airline is expected to start flying in 2015. The fleet plan calls for 30 aircraft by 2020, and between 120 and 140 in the future.”