Air Peace takes delivery of its first E195-E2
Nigeria’s carrier is the first in Africa to feature Embraer’s new E2 jet family
Embraer delivered to Air Peace the first E195-E2 out of 13 firm orders in an agreement announced in March 2019. The aircraft, with a capacity for 124 passengers splitted into two classes, is the first of the new E2 family to fly on the African continent.
In addition to being the launch costumer in Africa for the E195-E2, Embraer’s largest jet, Air Peace will also make the global debut of its new premium staggered seating design, according to the manufacturer.
“The E195-E2 is the perfect aircraft to expand our domestic and regional operations. We are aware of the aircraft’s impressive economic performance as well as its unique configuration, the major reasons we placed an order for this aircraft,” said the CEO of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema.
“Handing over beautiful new jets to our customers is a favorite activity for everyone at Embraer. Doing so in the current circumstances is a boost for us all as we adapt to the changing environment. This is a fabulous start to the year for everybody at Air Peace and Embraer,” said Cesar Pereira, vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation.
Air Peace is already an Embraer customer, with a fleet of eight ERJ-145s. The airline, Nigeria’s largest, also has 17 options to purchase the E195-E2, which added to firm orders involves a $ 2.2 billion deal.
Currently, four airlines operate the E195-E2. In addition to Air Peace, Belavia received its first aircraft in December while Binter Canarias has three units delivered in 2019. Azul, which made the global debut of the jet, brings together the largest fleet of the E195-E2, with nine planes.