CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Company, Limited has announced the signing of a lease agreement with a Mongolian domestic airline, Hunnu Air, for a fleet of four Embraer E190 aircraft.
The E190 aircraft will support the carrier’s domestic and regional network, which now operates flights within Mongolia and to China and Russia from its Chinggis Khaan International Airport base.
The E190s, configured in a two-class layout featuring 92 economy and 6 business class seats, are expected to deliver to the airline in May 2019, and in 2020 and 2021.
Hunnu Air is a privately-owned Mongolian airline that performs more than seventy percent of the overall domestic scheduled services from its Ulaanbaatar hub, also supplies charter flights to Mongolian mining sites, including Oyu Tolgoi. The company also conducts international scheduled and charter services to the neighboring countries, such as Russia and China.
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.”
Embraer S.A. and Tianjin Airlines (Tianjin, China), a subsidiary of the HNA Group, have signed the final agreement for the sale of 22 aircraft.
The contract, with an estimated value of $1.1 billion at current list prices, comprises 20 E195s and two E190-E2s, making HNA Group Tianjin Airlines the first Chinese airline to order the E-Jets E2s. The agreement between the two companies for 40 aircraft was previously announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s State visit to Brazil, in July 2014. The remaining 18 E190 E2 will be part of a second approval by the Chinese authorities in a later stage.
The first E195 will be delivered in 2015, and the first E190-E2 is scheduled for delivery in 2018. This order will be incorporated in Embraer’s 2015 second-quarter backlog. Tianjin Airlines is currently the operator of the largest fleet of E-Jets in Asia.
The Embraer-Tianjin Airlines partnership is well established. Tianjin Airlines was the launch customer for the E190 in China and operates the largest E-Jets fleet in Asia with 50 E190s in its fleet. It is also the first carrier being appointed as an Authorized Service Center for Embraer aircraft in China. Recently, the carrier announced to install Embraer AHEAD-PRO system for all its 50 E190s, becoming the first user of this system in China.
HNA Group Tianjin Airlines was launched as the first true regional airline in China in 2009. In 2010, the carrier changed its focus from purely regional operations to a combination of mainline and regional services. Its aim is to become a medium-to-large international airline, as it pursues a new “regional aviation and global operations” strategy.
British Airways (London) has announced new flights to Greece from London City Airport for the summer of 2015. The British flag carrier announced seasonal services to Mykonos and Thira (Santorini) for operation from June 29 to September 6, 2015. The routes will be operated with Embraer ERJ 190s by BA CityFlyer.
Embraer has signed a firm order for two additional E190 jets with Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) (Baku), the national carrier of Azerbaijan. The aircraft will be deployed on the carrier’s international network from Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD).
The total value of the contract is $95.4 million at list prices. This order was already included in Embraer’s 2014 second quarter backlog as an “undisclosed” customer. With this order, now AZAL will now operate six E190s.
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW 4K-AZ64 (msn 19000627) departs from Palma de Mallorca.