Embraer delivered two EMBRAER 170 jets to Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today, at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. These aircraft are subject to a lease agreement signed by Embraer and Gulf Air just after the Bahrain International Airshow, last January.
“The delivery of these EMBRAER 170 jets to Gulf Air is a significant milestone for Embraer, as this renowned airline certainly strengthens the presence of the E-Jets family in the Middle East,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “I would like to assure our friends from Gulf Air our full commitment in supporting the realization of their strategic growth plans with Embraer E-Jets.”
Gulf Air’s EMBRAER 170 is configured in a dual-class layout, featuring seven seats in business class and 60 in economy. The aircraft also feature a state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system configured for maximum cabin comfort. They will be based at Gulf Air’s hub, in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
“The arrival of the new EMBRAER 170 commercial jets marks a significant achievement, as we continue to implement our strategy,” said Gulf Air Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Samer Majali. “The aircraft will bring a new dynamic to Gulf Air and a new dimension to our customers, while reinforcing our position as the carrier with the largest number of Middle East connections through our Bahrain Airport hub.”
About Gulf Air
Gulf Air (gulfair.com) was founded in 1950, and is one of the oldest airlines in the Middle East. The national carrier is owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, through Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company. Its goal has remained constant – a commitment to the latest aviation technology and an adherence to traditional Arabian hospitality. The airline offers customers the unique advantage of the largest network of nonstop flights in the Middle East, while providing seamless onward connections to other destinations. Gulf Air’s current network stretches from Europe to Asia, serving over 40 destinations, worldwide, with a fleet of more than 30 aircraft. The airline enjoys codeshare agreements with 15 airlines around the world, offering a wider choice of flights that can be booked directly with Gulf Air.
Parallel to the dynamic growth projections of the Kingdom, as laid out in its “Vision 2030” master plan, Gulf Air has embarked on a business strategy to upgrade its fleet over the next five years, in order to further strengthen its presence as a leading international airline.
About the EMBRAER 170/190 Family of E-Jets
The EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122 seats, featuring advanced engineering design, efficient performance, outstanding operating economics, low emission levels and a spacious cabin.
The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). The high degree of commonality among the four aircraft – EMBRAER 170, EMBRAER 175, EMBRAER 190 and EMBRAER 195 – results in exceptional savings for carriers, in terms of crew training and costs of spare parts and maintenance. Another key feature of the E-Jets is the state-of the- art fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The EMBRAER 170/190 family provides superior comfort with its double-bubble fuselage design, which includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors that minimize aircraft turn-around time. The E-Jets offer much more space for passengers, in a single or dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities.
The E-Jets have achieved outstanding success, with nearly 900 firm orders logged and over 600 jets in operation, worldwide. This proven family is helping airlines to right-size low load factor narrow-body routes, replace older, inefficient aircraft and to develop new markets with lower operating costs, greater efficiency, and outstanding passenger comfort. For more information about Embraer’s commercial jets, visit EmbraerCommercialJets.com. To better understand the benefits of these aircraft, when substituting older jets, visit eforefficiency.com/.
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On December 31, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com) had a workforce of 16,853 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 16.6 billion.
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