First Embraer 195 delivered to Azul
The first new Embraer 195 has been delivered to Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, the first Brazilian airline to operate E-Jets. The aircraft is part of the 36 firm orders (31 E-195s and five E-190s) announced in March 2008. Azul also has options for another 20 aircraft and purchase rights for a further 20.
Azul is due to begin operations out of Viracopos Airport, in the city of Campinas, in outstate São Paulo, to Porto Alegre and Salvador. The airline, set up by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, received its Authorisation Certificate as an Air Transportation Company (Certificado de Homologação de Empresa de Transporte Aéreo - CHETA) from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and has already announced the first routes it intends to operate in Brazil.
“Azul is very proud to offer Brazilian passengers the best aeroplane in the world in its category,” declared Neeleman. “And best of all: this exceptional aircraft was designed and built in Brazil and, now, it will be operated by a Brazilian company. I know this is the best jet for the domestic market. The Embraer 195 will bring unbeatable safety records to our customers and crew members, besides an exceptional level of comfort.”
Azul’s E-195 is configured in a single class and will accommodate 118 passengers. A state-of-the-art entertainment system, with Live TV and individual screens, will be available and each passenger may select the programming of their choice. With a range of 2,200 nautical miles (4,077 km), the aircraft will be able to fly nonstop between any two Brazilian state capital cities.