Embraer and Compass Airlines Reach Agreement on Long-Term Total Support Program

Compass Airlines extends the current total support agreement through 2020, solidifying the partnership as Embraer’s largest customer under this type of service agreement.


São José dos Campos, July 15, 2011 – Embraer and Compass Airlines have reached an agreement extending the current total support program through 2020, covering their current fleet of 36 EMBRAER 175 jets. With this agreement, the company becomes Embraer’s largest customer under this program.

“We are very proud to provide support to Compass Airlines through our service solutions programs, which include over 4,000 part numbers,” said John Linn, Embraer Vice President, Customer Support & Services, Airline Market – North America. “With this contract extension, the airline has demonstrated a high level of confidence in the reliability and availability of Embraer services for their fleet.”

The program is designed to allow airlines to minimize their upfront investment on expensive inventories and resources, while taking advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and vast repair and supplier networks. The result is a significant savings on inventory carrying costs, a reduction in required warehousing space, virtually eliminating the need for resources required for repair management, and, finally, guaranteed performance.

“Compass Airlines is always in search of cost effective ways to improve our operation while safeguarding the efficiency and quality of its services,” said Rick Leach, President and CEO of Compass Airlines and President of Trans States Holdings. “We trust that Embraer’ services will help keep our aircraft flying, while protecting the cost efficiency of our operations and the quality of our services.”

About Compass Airlines. Compass Airlines is a subsidiary of Trans States Holdings, Inc. and is a member of the Delta Connection program, currently operating more than 170 flights each day to 35 airports in 20 states and Canada. Based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, the airline currently operates a fleet of 36 aircraft and employs nearly 1,000 aviation professionals across its route system. Founded in 2007, Compass was acquired by Trans States Holdings in 2010. In addition to Compass, Trans States Holdings, Inc. is also the parent company of separate and independently operated carriers Trans States Airlines and GoJet Airlines. For more information about Compass Airlines, please visit www.compassairline.com

About the EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets The Embraer family of E-Jets consists of four commercial aircraft with 70 to 122 seats, featuring advanced engineering design, efficient performance, outstanding operating economics, low emission levels and a spacious cabin without middle seats.

E-Jets have a maximum cruise speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,500 meters) and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,450 kilometers). 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 family is state-of-the-art, fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.

The double-bubble fuselage design provides superior comfort and includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors, thus minimizing aircraft turn-around time. E-Jets offer much more space for passengers, in a single or dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities. For more details, visit www.embraercommercialjets.com

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