Monday, December 23, 2013
Embraer E-Jet ‘Keeps Russia Competitive’
Embraer's E-jets family aircraft has its first Russian operator, as Saratov Airlines (Saravia), has leased two E195s that will start operating in the region in January.
Photo, courtesy of Embraer.
The E195s will feature capacity for up to 114 passengers in a dual class configuration. Saravia and its tour partner Magellan will operate the aircraft from its base at Saratov Airport for scheduled services and charter flights to Dubai, Europe, Asia and Africa.
The E190 and E195 received certification from Russia's Interstate Aviation Committee in December 2012.
Paulo Cesar Silva, president and CEO of Embraer's commercial aircraft division, said he sees "good potential" for E-Jets in Russia after securing its first customer with Saravia.
The airline joins a growing list of operators based in Eastern Europe and Central Asia that are adding E-jets to their regional operations, including: Air Astana, Air Lituanica, Air Moldova, Azerbaijan Airlines, Belavia, Bulgaria Air, Estonian Air, LOT Polish, Montenegro Airlines and Ukraine International Airlines.
“Saravia selected the E195 because of its proven ability to operate in [a] wide range of business applications,” said Konstantin Sokolov, general director of Saratov Airlines. “We are keen to start realizing improvements in fleet efficiency with this airplane and to have a cabin that we know our passengers will love. The E195 is going to keep us competitive.”