Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 190 jet, today, to Mozambique flag carrier LAM – Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique, during a ceremony held at Embraer’s headquarters in Sao José dos Campos, Brazil. The deal was announced in October 2008 and includes firm orders for two EMBRAER 190s, plus two purchase rights.
“It is a great pleasure to deliver the first EMBRAER 190 to a new operator on the African continent,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “We are proud to be playing a key part in LAM’s fleet modernization and to contribute to the airline’s network expansion in their home market and in the southern region of Africa.”
LAM’s EMBRAER 190 is configured in a dual-class layout, featuring nine seats in business class and 84 in economy. The aircraft will be based in the capital of Mozambique, Maputo, and will replace older narrowbody jets operated for domestic routes, mainly in the cities of Nampula and Pemba. It will also be used for regional flights to Luanda (Angola), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Nairobi (Kenya), Johannesburg, and in the near future, Cape Town (South Africa), and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
“We are eager to introduce the first EMBRAER 190 in the region,” said José Ricardo Viegas, Chairman of LAM’s Board of Directors. “We have chosen this jet to replace our larger aircraft to better serve our customers and offer more frequencies, new routes and a good level of comfort and space in the cabin. I’m sure that our passengers will appreciate the comfortable interior, and the layout with no middle seat will be a popular feature.”
LAM also signed an Embraer Pool Flight Hour Program service contract to easily and effectively support its EMBRAER 190 jet fleet. The pool program quickly provides replacement aircraft parts and eliminates the need for inventory investments, once Embraer assumes the responsibility for maintaining an inventory at its distribution and service centers, in order to provide parts to operators as soon as they are requested.
About LAM – Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique
LAM – Linhas Aéreas de Moçambique (lam.co.mz) was founded in 1936 as DETA, a division of the Ports and Railways Services of Mozambique, and was gradually transformed, over the years, into the administratively and financially autonomous Limited Company, which it is today. The State holds 91% of the company’s shares, and managers, technicians and LAM workers own the remaining 9%.
LAM’s main aim, as a public company, is to provide passenger, freight and mail service on regional, national and international routes. At its headquarters in Maputo, the airline presently employs 677 workers and it has offices, or other forms of representation, throughout the country and abroad, flying with four jets and two turboprops.
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