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Farnborough, United Kingdom, 2014/07/15 - Embraer has signed a firm order for two additional E190 jets with Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), the national carrier of Azerbaijan - AZAL.az / Embraer.com. NYSE: ERJ; Bovespa: EMBR3
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 USD 95.4 million, at list prices, and this order was already included in Embraer’s 2014 second quarter backlog as an “undisclosed” customer. With this order, now AZAL will operate six E190.
“AZAL’s follow-on order is a great endorsement of the airline’s confidence in our E190,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “This new acquisition demonstrates the proven ability of E-Jets to complement larger narrowbody aircraft by offering significantly lower trip costs and rightsized seat capacity, allowing operators to profitably grow their route networks and protect its market presence.”
AZAL’s E190s will be configured in a dual class layout and will be deployed from Baku to European routes such as Prague, Milan or Rome.
“These additional E190s are the latest step in our renewal plan to replace turboprops and narrow-bodies on a number of routes within our schedules,” said Jahangir Askerov, President and Chairman of the Board of Azerbaijan Airlines CJSC. “We have received excellent feedback from our passengers who fly the E190s. In addition the aircraft offers excellent operating economics and provides us with the opportunity to open up new routes to European destinations.”
About Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL, Azərbaycan Hava Yolları in Azeri)
Azerbaijan Airlines (azal.az) is part of the Azerbaijan Hava Yollari Closed Joint Stock Company, the largest airline of the Caucasus region and the country’s national flag carrier. Headquartered in Baku, it is a member of International Air Transport Association (IATA). Azerbaijan Hava Yollari operates passenger flights to Europe, the CIS, the Middle East and Asia. The airline plans to expand its network with regular flights to destinations in North America and South-East Asia using wide-bodied aircraft. As the national flag carrier, Azerbaijan Hava Yollari holds an important place in the international aviation community and a leading position in the CIS.
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