Embraer is pleased to welcome the expanding Kazakhstan flag carrier Air Astana to its E-Jets family of customers. The airline will operate two EMBRAER 190 jets out of Almaty, Kazakhstan, under a newly ratified agreement with the U.S. aircraft leasing company Jetscape, Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This deal is already included in Embraer’s firm order backlog for the third quarter of 2009.
“We are very proud to have Air Astana join our E-Jets family of 55 customers in 38 countries, and to become the first operator of an E-Jet in Central Asia,” said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. “Air Astana is a burgeoning airline, just like Kazakhstan, which is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. It is a pleasure to support them, and we look forward to a long-term, evolving relationship.”
Both EMBRAER 190s – configured in a dual-class layout, featuring nine seats in first class and 88 in economy – are scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2011.
“The EMBRAER 190 is a proven aircraft that has become a favorite with passengers, worldwide. Its range, efficiency and size are ideal for Air Astana and will enable us to further grow our domestic and Central Asia network,” said Peter Foster, President of Air Astana. “The aircraft’s seating capacity will efficiently complement our narrowbody jet fleet, flying where it would be uneconomical to deploy larger aircraft, as we continue to position ourselves as the region’s airline of choice in terms of network and service. We expect to expand our EMBRAER 190 fleet in the future.”
About Air Astana
Air Astana, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is the national airline of Kazakhstan. Its mission is to provide quality domestic and international air service with the highest standards of safety and service, by using modern generation aircraft to serve and complement the needs of Kazakhstan, one of the world’s fastest growing economies. In 2008, Air Astana was admitted to the register of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), one of only a small number of airlines in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to have achieved this milestone. Today, the company operates a fleet of 21 aircraft with an average age of seven years, serving more than 50 domestic and international routes.
Jetscape was founded in 2000 and specializes in commercial aircraft leasing, management, remarketing and advisory services, providing innovative, custom-tailored solutions to owners and operators, worldwide. Jetscape currently owns and manages 21 aircraft with 16 airline operators in 10 countries.
About the EMBRAER 170/190 Family of E-Jets
The EMBRAER 170/190 family of E-Jets consists of four commercial jets with 70 to 122 seats, featuring advanced engineering design, efficient performance, outstanding operating economics, low emission levels and a spacious cabin.
The E-Jets have a maximum cruising speed of Mach 0.82, can fly at 41,000 feet (12,497 meters), and have ranges of up to 2,400 nautical miles (4,448 km). 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 is the state-of-the-art fly-by-wire technology, which increases operating safety, while reducing pilot workload and fuel consumption.
The EMBRAER 170/190 family provides superior comfort with its double-bubble fuselage design, which includes two main passenger entrances and two service doors that minimize aircraft turn-around time. The E-Jets offer much more space for passengers, in a single or dual-class layout, than other aircraft with similar seating capacities.
The E-Jets have achieved outstanding success, with nearly 900 firm orders logged and over 600 jets in operation, worldwide. This proven family is helping airlines to rightsize low load factor narrowbody routes, to replace older, inefficient airplanes, and to develop new markets with lower operating costs, greater efficiency, and outstanding passenger comfort. For more information about Embraer’s commercial jets, visit EmbraerCommercialJets.com. To better understand the benefits of these aircraft, when substituting older jets, visit eforefficiency.com/.
Embraer (Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. - NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBovespa: EMBR3) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil’s leading exporters. Embraer’s headquarters are located in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense segments. The Company also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On September 30, 2009, Embraer (embraer.com.br) had a workforce of 16,986 employees – not counting the employees of its partly owned subsidiaries – and its firm order backlog totaled US$ 18.6 billion.
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