São José dos Campos, Brazil, June 27, 2012 – Embraer has delivered the first two EMBRAER 190 jets to the Ukrainian Aviation Group Alliance (UAG), in a ceremony at the manufacturer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The aircraft will be operated by Dniproavia, on behalf of AeroSvit, both of which are members of the UAG, mainly serving the airline’s international regional network from its Kiev Boryspil (KBP) hub. Three other E-Jets are scheduled for delivery by the end of the year.
UAG selected the E190 as part of the alliance's fleet replacement for older, narrow body jets, as it looks to right-size some routes and also develop its international regional network with new routes, and provide increased frequencies on others. The E190 will be configured in a dual-class layout with comfortable Elite seats.
“The E190 perfectly fits AeroSvit’s strategy of growing with the right capacity to access new markets and help it build a stronger and more competitive network,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, Embraer President, Commercial Aviation. “Kiev is geographically well-positioned and the E190 will provide them access to a wide range of cities and introduce high quality service to their customers.”
Currently, up to 20 ERJ 145s jets are in Dniproavia's fleet in Ukraine. The Kiev-based charter carrier and ACMI-provider, Windrose Aviation, also has one E195, which is wet-leased to UAG member carriers. Following delivery to UAG of all five new E190s, the Ukraine will be home to over 25 Embraer commercial aircraft.
Gregory Gurtovoy, AeroSvit Chairman, highlighted the mission of the new E190: “The aircraft will be operated by Dniproavia, on behalf of AeroSvit, and will serve to enhance our overall product offering and improve our operational efficiency. This is very important, in light of the soon-expected Open Skies agreement between the European Union and Ukraine. The E190s will also fly to destinations in the CIS and the Middle East, providing excellent passenger comfort, transit baggage capacity and range that will enable us to compete with both legacy and low-cost airlines. With our good experience in the E195 commercial use for UAG, I’m confident that the brand-new E190s will deliver even more exceptional performance.”
Since the E-Jets entered revenue service, in 2004, Embraer has delivered nearly 850 of them to more than 60 airlines from 42 countries around the world. The versatile 70 to 120-seat, four-aircraft family is flying with low cost airlines, on regional services and with mainline carriers. The E-Jets order book registered 1063 firm orders as of March 31, 2012.
About the Ukrainian Aviation Group
The Ukrainian Aviation Group is a strategic alliance founded at the beginning of 2007, between two Ukrainian airlines: Donbassaero (www.donbass.aero) and AeroSvit (www.aerosvit.com). In October 2010, Dniproavia (www.dniproavia.com) officially joined the alliance. One of the main tasks of the alliance is to increase the competitiveness of its members in international markets and, as a consequence, improve the national air transportation industry of Ukraine. The cooperation involves operational and commercial matters, including optimal fleet mix. The companies are developing suitable international connections at Boryspil International Airport (KBP), in Kiev, to maximize synergy.
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Agreement further strengthens the partnership between the manufacturer and the airline.
Airline has leased two E195s that will start operations in the coming weeks.
Since 2004, Embraer has delivered over 900 E-Jets. Currently, 63 airlines in 43 countries choose this versatile family of four aircraft, from 70 to 120 seats.