MIAMI – Alliance Airlines’ (QQ) first Embraer E190 has rolled out of the paint shop in Costa Rica, ready for its long journey to Australia. The airline announced the news on its Twitter account:
The Acquisition of 14 E190
Back in August, the airline signed an agreement with Azorra Aviation LLC in the US to expand its fleet with the E190. The agreement covered the purchase of 14 Embraer E190, and six spare General Electric CF34 engines.
Additionally, it covered full flight simulators and related training equipment, with five options for more E190 aircraft.
The aircraft were set to be delivered progressively over an eight-month period, the first one rolling out today after repainting it with Alliance liveries prior to delivery in Australia.
The airline operates around 41 aircraft flying to around 46 destinations and uses a fleet of Fokker aircraft. The airline says these will remain at its core with the addition of the new E190 aircraft. This will allow the airline to focus on route expansion.
Comments from Alliance Airlines
Alliance Airlines Managing Director Scott McMillan said at the time of the agreement that the fleet acquisition represented another milestone for the company. “It is a result of many years of considered planning.”
“With many airlines not flying and the increased demand for a 100- seat narrow-body configured aircraft in the Australian market, this acquisition is more than opportunistic, it underpins our expected growth,”
“Our Fokker fleet remains the core of our fleet… We believe it will remain in service for many years to come, given our significant spare parts and inventory stores.”
“With limited Fokker aircraft acquisition opportunities, it was also the time to acquire a newer aircraft for our next growth phase.”
Alliance Restarting Regional Routes
Alliance confirmed in August that it had already commenced with the addition of the Embraers with an Air Operators Certificate with the CASA (Civil Aviation Saftey Authority in Australia). This allowed the airline to prepare the groundwork for their new planes.
Alliance will use The E190 aircraft on the airlines’ regional routes initially as per the lowered demand from passengers on mainline routes due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The carrier said, “the E190 has the potential to be the perfect aircraft type for some mainline routes.”
Alliance Growth Opportunities
Mr. McMillan also said that Alliance, since inception in 2002, had a track record of purchasing aircraft at opportunistic times. This has “significantly reduced value to their market value.”
“Our purchase of 21 aircraft from Austrian Airlines in 2015 resulted in significant growth opportunities as well as providing a long term supply of spare parts at minimal cost for our ongoing operations.”
McMillan also noted that Alliance is confident that this purchase of 14 Embraer E190 aircraft will result in similar opportunities presenting themselves,
With the global aviation industry struggling, the announcement from Alliance is good news. The industry in trouble. However, this announcement shows signs of recovery and growth that many around the world had hoped to see.
Featured image: Alliance Airlines first E190. Photo: Andres Meneses · SJO