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Arkia Israeli Airlines becomes new customer for Embraer

4th December 2008 - 08:39 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Embraer is pleased to welcome Arkia Israeli Airlines to its E-Jets customer family. The airline will operate one Embraer 195 from Tel Aviv to major Mediterranean and European destinations. There will be no changes to Embraer's current backlog, due to this announcement, since the aircraft was previously delivered to Air Europa.

"We are very proud to have Arkia join our E-Jets family of customers and as the very first operator of an E-Jet in Israel," said Mauro Kern, Embraer Executive Vice President, Airline Market. "Arkia is a fast-growing Israeli airline. It is a pleasure to support them, and we look forward to an ever-expanding and developing relationship."

Arkia's E-195 will comfortably accommodate 122 passengers in a single-class layout, enabling the airline to offer a unique product with highly competitive trip cost performance, as against larger narrowbody jets. The aircraft will be deployed, primarily, in mid-density European scheduled and charter markets.

"For short and medium routes, the Embraer 195 is going to offer us much more advantageous costs than any conventional single-aisle aircraft, plus an exceptional level of comfort for our passengers," said Gadi Tepper, CEO of Arkia Israeli Airlines. "The introduction of this new aircraft is pivotal to our dynamic ongoing development plan."

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