Estonian Air To Fly Brazilian E-Jet Fleet

Latest Generation – Right Sizing

Two of the most important things an air carrier can do is use latest generation, fuel efficient aircraft and secondly, right-size their fleet.  Jet fuel is becoming a precious commodity these days – thus the importance of fuel efficiency and using the right sized airplane to obtain profitably yields.

Estonian Air, the national flag carrier for Estonia, leaped forward with a firm agreement for the purchase of three Embraer E175 and E190 aircraft.  In addition to the direct purchase, Estonian Air will take delivery of addition E-Jets, four E170s and four E190s, through lease agreements.

The Brazilian made E-Jet’s are state of the art aircraft with fly-by-wire technology and sport cockpits with the latest technology.  The interiors are spacious and welcoming, especially when compared to competition.  The E170, E175, and E190 models all have common crew qualification along with part commonality, allowing the carrier to establish savings immediately.

The Embraer order will arrive the 2nd half of 2014, but in the meantime the the first of four E170 will be entering Estonian’s fleet this month.  The four E170’s are part of a lease agreement with Finnair.

The new E-Jet’s Estonian will take delivery of will be setup in a single class layout with 76 seats for the E170, 88 for the E175, and 112 for the E190.  The three different sized E-Jets will allow the airline to better align demand and capacity, with double-daily operations out of Tallinn, Estonia’s Capital, and other major European cities.

Tero Taskila, President of Estonian Air, said, “We chose Embraer E-Jets to replace our current fleet of B737s and CRJs because the one family concept offers the capacity flexibility we need to pursue our immediate expansion and fleet modernization objectives. The aircraft will deliver a standard of in-flight experience that will keep us competitive and allow us to access new markets with lower risk than using larger jets.”

Taskila continues, “We have also been following with high interest the analysis that Embraer is conducting to launch a second generation of its E-Jets, using new engines, with possible entry into service around 2018. I am particularly pleased that, despite being a small carrier, Embraer is taking our requirements and comments into consideration in the new E-Jets design. Estonian Air likes to always remain at the forefront of technology and this new Embraer aircraft would clearly be a great way to ensure we always offer the very latest jet technology to our passengers.”

Other Embraer operators – or soon to be operators – in the region include Bulgaria Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Finnair, Air Moldova, Montenegro Airlines, Belavia, Dniproavia, Aerosvit and Air Astana.

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