Airlines Congo Airways converts Embraer E175 order to E190-E2 jets

Aircraft manufacturer Embraer has announced, that Congo Airways has opted to convert its order for Embraer E175 aircraft to E190-E2 jets.

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In December 2019, Congo Airways ordered two Embraer E175 regional aircraft, with purchase rights for two more. Now, the airline has decided to convert this order to two Embraer E190-E2 jets with purchase rights for a further two.

According to current list prices, the deal is valued at approximately USD 256 million when all purchase rights are being exercised, stated Embraer. The order will be included in the manufacturer´s second quarter backlog.

Desire Bantu, CEO of Congo Airways said, “These new jets will be replacing our legacy turboprops and will allow us to extend our operations within the Democratic Republic of Congo, and regionally to West, Central, and Southern Africa. Despite the current difficult circumstances, the fundamentals of our market have not changed; so we expect the momentum we’ve seen in the past to redevelop. I said in December that we may need to make an additional order for E2s due to the agility required to adapt to market changes – we have now reached that point. As we prepare for future success, we will have the flexibility, and the right sized, most efficient aircraft, to serve our customers as the market returns.”

Congo Airways will configurate their E190-E2 aircraft in a dual-class configuration with 12 seats in business class and 84 in economy class. In total, 96 passengers can be accommodated on board. The deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled for the second quarter of 2022.

Raul Villaron, Vice President Sales, Africa and Middle East, Embraer Commercial Aviation added: “It’s great to welcome another airline to the E2 and the Embraer family of operators, especially in Africa where the demand for regional travel had been growing strongly before the current crisis. Africa has long been a market with low frequencies and long thin routes. As airlines start ramp up their operations, the E2 family of aircraft is perfectly positioned to right size routes previously operated by narrowbodies, while keeping frequencies and adjusting capacity to new levels [...] We look forward to supporting Congo Airways as they continue to upgrade their offering to their customers.”

This is the second E2 order that Embraer received from an African customer. Currently, there are 189 Embraer aircraft operating in the continent with 54 airlines in 27 countries.

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