PARIS – Fuji Dream Airlines, Japan Airlines, and KLM announced three separate orders for Embraer E-Jet family aircraft today at the Paris Air Show. Fuji Dream Airlines ordered six E-175 aircraft, Japan Airlines ordered one additional E-190 aircraft, and KLM CityHopper ordered two additional E-190 aircraft.
Last month at Embraer’s Media Days in Melbourne, Florida, Embraer Commercial President and CEO John Slattery hinted to Airways that several orders were coming at the Paris Air Show. When asked who the customers would be, Slattery had a simple reply of “several big names.” Today’s order announcements confirm Slattery’s statement.
Fuji Dream Airlines
Fuji Dream’s order of three E-175s and purchase rights of three additional E-175s complement its growing fleet of 11 Embraer aircraft. Fuji Dream operates service to 15 cities in Japan out of their Nagoya and Shizuoka bases.
“In 2009, we started our airline operations with two E170s and since then, we have expanded our network within Japan and increased our flight frequency,” said Yohei Suzuki, Chairman and CEO of Fuji Dream Airlines. “Embraer’s E-Jets have been part of this journey and its reliability and performance has been outstanding. Our careful network planning, along with the E-Jets, has enabled us to profitably expand and deliver the best service to our passengers.”
“Beyond sales, today’s announcement is also the recognition of the strong partnership that started eight years ago between Embraer and Fuji Dream Airlines,” said John Slattery, President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We have been working together to realize FDA’s dreams of expanding its network in Japan and bringing out the best in the E-Jets in terms of schedule reliability and reduced fuel burn achievements. We will continue to stand with Fuji Dream Airlines as they enter their next phase of growth.”
Japan Airlines ordered one Embraer E-190 for its new subsidiary J-AIR. Launched in May of 2016, J-AIR operates regional routes under the Japan Airlines umbrella. The carrier currently operates a fleet of seven E-190s and 17 E-170s.
“The E190s have added value to our fleet strategy by enhancing seat capacity and dual-class products on regional routes, stimulating demand and contributing to the revitalization of regional routes,” said Tetsuya Onuki, President of J-AIR Corporation. “In our twelfth month of operations, the E190 fleet has shown a remarkable service reliability of 99.85%, enabling J-AIR to deliver on our on-time promise to customers.”
“J-AIR’s combination of E170s and E190s in its fleet has enabled the airline to sustainably develop new routes and offer better customer convenience and comfort to their customers” said Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We are proud to see how the E-Jets add value to JAL’s fleet strategy and we will continue to work hard to exceed their expectations.”
KLM’s order of two E-190s will add to a fleet of 38 Embraer E-Jet family aircraft at KLM Cityhopper. Of these 38 aircraft, 30 are E-190s, the new E-190s will replace outgoing Fokker 70 aircraft from their fleet. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2018 at a list value of $101 million.
“Our partnership with KLM Cityhopper is long and successful because we always strive to do better, and to offer our customers value beyond just the performance of our aircraft.” said Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Repeat orders from customers as prestigious as KLM Cityhopper must be celebrated, but also serve as a reminder to focus not just on aircraft manufacturing and technologies but on service and support. We’re also proud that the Netherlands, Embraer’s home base in Europe, is also the home of our largest European operator – KLM Cityhopper.”
Boet Kreiken, Managing Director of KLM Cityhopper: “KLM Cityhopper’s 67 destinations will soon be served by an all-Embraer fleet. At present, 38 of our 47 aircraft, operating 105,000 flights annually, are already Embraers. Our regional operations provide communities with essential connectivity between Europe’s cities and the world beyond. Cityhopper is the key feeder airline for KLM’s long-haul services and those of our 18 codeshare partners, which means it is mission critical. The 2×2 cabin configuration and the on-time and technical performance of our E-Jet fleet are key reasons for partnering with Embraer.”